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Female students have higher suicide rates: study

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A total of 513 students committed suicide in 2023. Among them, the rate of female students is high, 60.2 percent. These data have emerged in a survey conducted on the suicide incidents of school, college and university students across the country in the last one year.

Social and voluntary organization Anchal Foundation conducted the survey. In a virtual press conference on Saturday, the organization said, considering the level of education, school-going students committed suicide more, 44.2 percent.

Farzana Akhter Labani, team leader of the research and analysis unit of the organization, presented these information.

According to the survey, among the students who committed suicide last year, 204 were boys and 309 were female. 532 people committed suicide in 2022. That is, the number of suicides has decreased slightly in 2023.

It was said in the press conference that 227 school students (44.20 percent) committed suicide in 2023. There are 140 college students (27.2 percent), 98 university students (19.1 percent) and 48 madrasa students (9.4 percent).

Among the 513 students who committed suicide, 149 were in Dhaka Division, 89 in Chittagong Division, 77 in Rajshahi Division, 64 in Khulna Division, 43 each in Barisal and Rangpur Divisions, 36 in Mymensingh and 12 in Sylhet.

Analyzing the reasons for the most suicides of women, it can be seen that 28.8 percent commit suicide due to pride, 16.5 percent due to love affair, 8.4 percent due to mental imbalance, 7.1 percent due to family quarrels, 3.9 percent due to sexual harassment, 4.2 percent 10% due to academic stress and failure, 1.6% due to family violence, 0.6% due to humiliation and 2.9% due to lack of desired results.

At this time, several recommendations have been highlighted by the organization to reduce suicide. These include—

A. Mental health screening at least once a month for school to university level students.
b. Designating a mentor for each student and building rapport between the two.
c. Introduction of mental health corner in educational institutions.
d. Inclusion of mental health issues in teacher training.
e. Launching various public and private initiatives to break the taboo on mental health.
f. Teaching students emotional control strategies and patience in families and schools.
G. Teaching students about coping strategies, stress management and emotional intelligence to deal with any negative situation.
h. Educating teachers, students and family members about the signs of suicide.
Jh. Making mental health services covered by insurance to make it affordable for all.
J. Launch of toll free national hotline number to make mental health services quick and accessible.

The press conference was attended by Additional Secretary of Healthcare Department (Administration Division). Saidur Rahman, Associate Professor of National Institute of Mental Health Dr. Helal Uddin Ahmed, ABM Nazmus Saqib, Assistant Professor, Department of Criminology, Dhaka University, and Tansen Rose, Founder President, Anchal Foundation.


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