Suicide and self-harm risk nearly triple in people with restless leg syndrome

Restless legs syndrome was associated with a nearly tripled risk of suicide and self-harm in a new study led by Penn State researchers

Suicide and self-harm risk nearly triple in people with restless leg syndromeUsing Big Data, the researchers found that people with restless legs syndrome (RLS) had a 2.7- fold higher risk of suicide or self-harm, even when the researchers controlled for such conditions as depression, insomnia, diabetes and others. The study was published on August 23 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Network Open. […]

Maltreatment in childhood and its impact on mental health in the growing years

Dr Kedar Tilwe, a Psychiatrist and Sexologist, Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi, shares his insights about the impact of being abused in childhood, onto the adult life, and ways to avoid it

Maltreatment in childhood and its impact on mental health in the growing yearsAll of us are aware of one of our innate instinct is to protect and care for children, courtesy of the amazing work of Darwin, Lorenz and recent research, which almost confirms the biological basis of the response. However, according to recent estimations by the WHO, abuse faced by children includes physical, sexual, and emotional […]

#WorldSuicidePreventionDay: Know who is at risk and how to prevent it

World Suicide Prevention Day is observed on 10 September every year to raise awareness about taking action worldwide to prevent the cases of suicides. Several events and activities are organised on this day to make people understand that suicide is a major preventable cause of premature death

#WorldSuicidePreventionDay: Know who is at risk and how to prevent itSuicide is a serious public health problem; however, suicides are preventable with timely, evidence-based and often low-cost interventions. For national responses to be effective, a comprehensive multisectoral suicide prevention strategy is needed. World Suicide Prevention Day 2019 theme is ‘Working Together To Prevent Suicide’ to highlights the most essential ingredient for effective global suicide prevention […]

#WorldSuicidePreventionDay: Here’s how parents can help prevent suicide in children

There are times when kids show clear signs of depression, but parents tend to ignore them or pass them off as usual mood swings. If there is a doubt that your child is being highly temperamental or suicidal, parents should immediately seek help from counsellors at school or a mental health expert

#WorldSuicidePreventionDay: Here’s how parents can help prevent suicide in childrenIn recent times, due to the influence of technology, kids have become aloof and do not share much with their parents. It is at this time that the parents need to be cautious to identify signs that might lead to self-harm or worse, suicide. There are times when kids show clear signs of depression, but […]

#WorldSuicidePreventionDay: Here’s how you can spot the signs of suicidal behaviour in a loved one

Different reports suggests rise in the incidence of suicide deaths in India. Experts say that stigma attached to it restricts people from being vocal about it. But only when we can identify the signs of suicidal behaviour of our  family members and love ones, only then suicides can be prevented

#WorldSuicidePreventionDay: Here’s how you can spot the signs of suicidal behaviour in a loved oneWorld Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) observed every year on 10th September is organised by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO).The aim of this day is to create awareness among people about the fact that suicide can be prevented. According to WHO, worldwide about 800,000 people die […]

Suicide: One person dies every 40 seconds, reveals WHO

Progress in suicide prevention activities in some countries, but much more is needed

Suicide: One person dies every 40 seconds, reveals WHOThe number of countries with national suicide prevention strategies has increased in the five years since the publication of WHO’s first global report on suicide, said the World Health Organization in the lead-up to World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September. But the total number of countries with strategies, at just 38, is still far […]

#WorldSuicidePreventionDay: There is always a better option than suicide

Dr Pritam Chandak, a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, advises on how to identify a suicidal person and how to speak with them

#WorldSuicidePreventionDay: There is always a better option than suicideThe intense emotional pain that one experience when depressed/stressed can distort his thinking, so sometimes, it becomes harder to see possible solutions to problems or to connect with those who can offer support. At times, committing suicide may seem like the only way to stop the pain. Although it might seem as if your pain […]

#WorldSuicidePreventionDay: Simple tips to prevent suicide

On World Suicide Prevention Day, Dr Bhooshan Shukla, a child and adolescent psychiatrist from Pune shares simple yet effective tips which can help save a life. The most import thing is to sit and listen to what the suicidal person has to say without passing judgement. Show emotional support and ask questions. Reach out to them and assure them that you are here for them

#WorldSuicidePreventionDay: Simple tips to prevent suicideAn estimated 800,000 people commit suicide, and even more attempt suicide every year according to the World Health Organization. Suicide has become a global problem, accounting for almost 1.4 percent of all deaths worldwide. Most of these suicides occur in low or middle income countries with little to no national strategy for suicide prevention. I […]

How to prevent suicidal thoughts?

Dr Fabian Almeida, a Consultant Psychiatrist, Fortis Hospital, Kalyan, shares how to prevent the suicidal thoughts coming to your mind and how to tackle them

How to prevent suicidal thoughts?In this fast-paced, competitive world, mental health problems are on the rise. In fact, statistics reveal that one in every four persons is likely to experience mental health problems in a lifetime.\By 2020, depression will be major direct or indirect killer. Suicide, therefore, has become a more common sought-after solution amongst the disturbed and the […]
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