In a commendable initiative to check the rising cases of suicide, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has announced the first of its kind ‘National Suicide Prevention Strategy’ in the country. Under this, a target has been set to reduce the death rate due to suicide by 10 percent by the year 2030. It is targeted to set up an effective monitoring mechanism for suicide prevention within the next three years.
Apart from this, within the next five years, under the District Mental Health Program in all the districts, the target is to increase the awareness among the people about suicide prevention and integrated efforts for the mental health welfare of the victims of mental illness. Within the next eight years, it will be included in the curriculum in all educational institutions, so that children can be educated about it at the primary level.
Prior to this initiative of the Central Government, on September 9, 2022, taking an important initiative, the Madhya Pradesh Government had announced the preparation of a strategy document for suicide prevention. Significantly, according to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, in the year 2021, more than 1.64 lakh people committed suicide in the country.
Psychiatrist Dr. Satyakant Trivedi (Member of Suicide Prevention Policy Drafting Committee, Government of Madhya Pradesh) says-
“In the year 2022, mental health got the attention of the government and commendable initiatives have been taken. The announcement of the suicide prevention strategy shows the will of the government that we are keeping this issue a priority. Incorporating mental health and suicide prevention into the curriculum will help children develop stress management skills, thereby educating people about suicide prevention and better mental health.”