Rising doctors’ suicide cases worries Indian Medical Association

The medical fraternity is scrambling to find answers about the mental health of young doctors in India. Recent cases of medical students ending their lives have raised concerns. The IMA organised a two-day event, with free workshops for medical students

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Is the mental health of young doctors in India is at a tipping point? The medical fraternity is scrambling to find answers to this burning question. Young medical students, in India, are taking an extreme step of ending their lives.

Recently, one Dr Payal Tadwi, from Maharashtra, committed suicide due to ragging from seniors. And a few days ago, Dr Vineeth Nair, a from BRD medical college, Gorakhpur, took this extreme step.

To curb the rising suicide cases among young doctors, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) organised a two-day event, with free workshops for medical students.

On the occasion of #WorldMentalHealthDay, the theme of the event was — Say No to Suicide.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Anil Pachnekar, Vice President, IMA, said, “The focus of the two-day event was how to reduce pressure on the medical students and doctors, and how to make them emotionally strong, and with a positive attitude. The event aimed at reducing suicidal cases among doctors and medical students.”

According to health experts, the suicide prevalence among doctors and medical students is 28 to 40 per one lakh. And it is the second leading cause of death among young adults.

Maharashtra Association of resident doctors (MARD) has welcomed the move to organise a workshop for medical students.

Dr Ramesh Kalashetty, Vice President, Central MARD said, “In workshops like these, a medical student gets ample opportunity to learn from the seniors. This will surely help build the mental toughness for the doctors.”

Dr Manish Nigam, President, Federation of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA), while speaking to My Medical Mantra, said, “Workshops like this are always helpful for the students. They get to know a lot of things that they might face in the future. It helps them to be mentally strong.”

“Senior doctors share their experience about how to handle pressure, stress, and it benefits a lot. Workshops like these will help to reduce the rate of suicides among doctors,” added Dr Nigam.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), it is estimated that every 40 seconds someone ends his life due to mental illness.