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The devastating suicide epidemic in India’s schools, one life lost every hour

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An alarming rate of students between 2014 and 2016 committed suicide throughout schools in India, exactly 26,468 students. This number comes down to one life every fifty-five minutes. In 2016, that number was more than one an hour, about 26 lives in 24 hours, a total of 9,474 students.

Below is a chart Quartz’s Atlas built on data that was provided to the Ministry of Home Affairs of the government of India:

The <u>causes</u> are many, and vary from the outlook on failure in classrooms to economic and employment prospects to workplace caste discrimination, such that even Indian <u>President Ram Nath Kovind</u> declared that "India does not simply have a mental health challenge... it is facing a possible mental health epidemic.” The Economic Times reports that <u>President Kovind</u> also pointed out another disparity of mental health practitioners and professionals - of which there are about “5,000 psychiatrists and less than 2,000 clinical psychologists in the country.”

There are perhaps other underlying causes in India, a country “where one fifth of the world’s suicides occur,” <u>University of California, Berkeley researchers</u> found.

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