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THREAD on Medical Students #suicides
There are 78333 medical seats across India. Considering a 6 yr course & accounting for recent seat increases, there are ~450,000 students in medical schools at any given time. Dandona et al using GBD data estimated suicide rate...1/n
for Indian 20-24 & 25-29 yr olds btwn 27-33 per 100k. For ease of calculation let's take a middle rate of 30/100k. Most medical students in this age group. Assuming med students suicide rate is same as general population, India has ~ 135 medical students dying by suicide/yr..2/n
Remember India has 78,333 medical seats in 549 med schools which is an average of 142 seats/med school. So each year, we lose approximately 1 medical school's yearly intake to #Suicides
The human cost & suffering is unmeasurable. The financial cost we can estimate..3/n
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Mental health matters.
It affects not just the person suffering, but ripples extend outwards.
If you are the child of someone with mental health issues, or someone who ultimately takes their own life, you carry that with you forever - no matter your age when it happened.
A person who is drowning in the depths of the darkness in their own mind, is almost certainly not capable of reaching out for help. So we must be vigilant and reach into their lives and drag them to the surface so someone else can perform mental health life saving on them.
Saving that person could save their children (not to mention their partner) from so many layers of trauma:

1. Bereavement- nobody really understands death and what happens afterwards, for children this is exacerbated. There are no goodbyes, no answers. Only bewilderment.
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Who is a psychologist? Why do we need one? I'm not crazy, why should I visit a psychologist? I would rather talk to a friend instead of talking to a psychologist. Approaching a psychologist puts my honour at risk, and also my family's.
Several questions of such kind always occur in our mind, when it is suggested to us to visit a psychologist. We need to understand why it is important to talk to a psychologist when in need. We need to understand the importance of being aware, and taking care of our mental health
And before that, it is important to understand what a psychologist is and how he or she can help us when in need.
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THREAD: Troubled by many media reports & SM conversations where depression + mental health issues are assumed to be only causes of #suicide
Of course, we need conversations on #Mentalhealth & depression is associated with suicide. Why am I then bothered by this? Read on..1/n
In the West, studies show that ~ 80% of suicides have depression as a predisposing cause. Also in West, suicides peak is mostly older ppl (>60 yrs) + male:ratio is ~ 4: 1.
However India's suicide epidemology is different. In India, only ~50% have some mental illness...2/n
Also our peak suicides are in age group of 18-39 yrs + male:female ratio is ~ 1.5:1. So a lot of young Indian women dying of suicides.1 out of 3 women dying of suicide 🌍 are Indian. For women in this age group, suicides is No 1 cause of death, ahead of maternal mortality..3/n
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TW (Suicide)

MH professionals have a tendency to assume that if you go to hospital voluntarily following an attempt on your life (even with significant pressure and persuasion from others), then you didn’t really want to die. This however is rather flawed in some cases.

Take the last time I did this for example. I had overdosed, and I’d become too ill to take a lethal quantity of the substance in question. I knew that.

As I was presenting so unwell, my mum eventually worked out what I’d done and told others, who said they’d call an

Ambulance if she didn’t. I thought their attendance unnecessary as I knew my overdose wouldn’t kill me (even though that’s what I had wanted). I also knew from previous experiences there was no way they would let me refuse to attend hospital. So I agreed to let my mum take

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Here are 7 guidelines for covering celebrity suicides in a sensitive way, advocated by WHO and other international organisations. Media professionals, please take note and share widely. 1/n

@SachinKalbag @amritat @toymango @calamur @suchetadalal @free_thinker
1. Don’t promote suicide stories by placing them in the front pages of the newspaper or as a lead item for broadcast media.

2. Don’t give details about the method or location of any suicide death or attempt.

(@abantika77 @PriyankaPulla @soutikBBC @patralekha2011) 2/n
3. Suicide notes, text messages, social media posts, and emails of the deceased person and/or their family members should not be published.

4. Don’t speculate. Verify your facts from multiple sources when the reasons for a suicide death or attempt are not immediately clear. 3/n
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☯️Mental Health Resources: Hotline Numbers

🔻Disaster Distress
🔻Suicide Prevention
🔻Domestic Violence

💥Graphics and links to share

Reach out by phone and on-line for 24/7 free counseling while #SocialDistancing

#MentalHealth Resources: Part II

♦️Suicide Prevention Helpline♦️

Available 24/7
On-line Chat available
Multi-lingual Counseling
Alcohol/Substance abuse
Support for Significant others

You are not alone. Reach out!


#Mentalhealth Resources Part III

♦️Transgender Hotline♦️

Peer support counseling by Trans-identified counselors
Available for identity counseling (It is ok to be unsure)
US and Canada

Hours available listed below by time zone

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#SuicidePrevention: why I dislike the term, and what it often seems to come down to. How about instead we #Makelifeworthliving. Just some thoughts in a thread.
#SuicidePrevention feels like a negative designed to counteract another negative - that is, thwarting the wish to die. It's focus is to stop us from exerting control, in what may feel like the only meaningful way that is left when we've lost hope.
Removing access to 'means': a well-intentioned strategy, but what will it actually achieve? As for trying to reduce access or eliminate them all? Well.
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Read sad story last night about Dr. Bucci, 50 year old Phychology & Brain Sciences Dept. Chairman, at Dartmouth that committed #Suicide 11 months after a lawsuit was filed by graduate #students in his department. He
2/ was NOT accused of sexual misconduct, but named in the suit for knowing about the professors’ inappropriate behavior as the Chair.I share many of the same feelings he expressed to friends and colleagues in his emails before he took his own life like: the case was deeply
3/ personal; reputation had been damaged; physical health diminished; false portrayal of his actions; being blamed unfairly; allegations & process “unfair”; how can they ever undo what they did to me & #wronglyaccused. Similarly, how I had reported the #disability
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1/ It’s been 17 years today since I lost my younger brother to #suicide. Since then, so much has changed.
2/ The stigma surrounding #mentalhealth has diminished a little and organisations like @TimetoChange and @heads_together bring a powerful lobby and royal patronage to the topic.
3/ @andysmanclubuk alongside many others has brought safe places for men to talk about their health and mental health across the country. 100s do every week.
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#SuicideAwareness I very nearly didn’t make it to 2020. I don’t even know how I’m still here. I need to thank those who helped me up when I fell down.This is a thread about how grateful I am for being alive today.
From 2016 to 2019, I was stalked, sexually harassed, threatened and intimidated by a man from my society where my family and I were renting an apartment because it was close to my college. I was pursuing law.
In early 2018, after the man attempted to run me over with his car and later forcibly grabbed my hand and tried to touch me, my mother and I decided to take action. I was afraid but I knew we had to do something. Ignoring him had not worked.
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Happening now - Washoe County Behavioral Health Forum. @rattijulia calls for any and all policy ideas for #SuicidePrevention
Thanks to @tmhcnv and @HealthyWashoe for hosting this group discussion on #MentalHeallth
@rattijulia @tmhcnv @HealthyWashoe Kevin Dick, Washoe County District Health Officer, presents the 2019 Behavioral Health Profile for @washoecounty see the full report with updated stats and graphs here:
@rattijulia @tmhcnv @HealthyWashoe @washoecounty At any given time, about 80% of the inmates in @WashoeSheriff custody have some kind of mental health issue - illness and/or addiction/substance use disorders. Thanks to Sheriff @DarinBalaam for highlighting the intersection of #MentalHealth and criminal justice.
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7 years ago today, I lost all hope & tried to end my life in a hotel room 2 hours from home. I thought the least I could was die far enough from home that my wife wouldn't find my body.

In the past 7 years of recovery from a suicide attempt, I've learned a thing or two.

Here are 7 things that nearly killed me:

1. Mental illness.

This fact so often overlooked. It's an ILLNESS. Not a lack of faith, selfishness, a choice, or a crime.

(Side note: You wouldn't say somebody "committed" cancer. Think about how you talk about suicide.)
2. A lack of boundaries.

I was addicted to busyness, found my worth in my work, and never said no.
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THREAD: #SuicidePrevention
I get annoyed when ppl think the solution to India's suicide crisis is having more suicide prevention helplines. Don't get me wrong, they are absolutely necessary, but not enough! Why? Helplines are crisis intervention. Essential, but...1/n
Are we doing anything to prevent the crisis occuring in the 1st place? Ah, I hear you say - it's bcoz of depression & we need better mental health services. True, but depression is a final common pathway, not the cause of the crisis. Bcoz...2/n
~40-50% of suicides in India, there is no diagnosable mental illness (unlike West). So what's causing the crisis? Let's begin with children! If school going children are dying of suicide, shouldn't we ask what is wrong with our education system? And do something about it?... 3/n
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@Deedoherty2 Yes. This happens.
@Deedoherty2 @YouTube "During the last 8 years I have met and worked with many people who were deeply suicidal. Some of these people have now, tragically, ended their own lives..
This has led me to explore extensively what is going on especially in the lead-up to suicides."…
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I'm deeply honored to share a slice of my story in this powerful new interview with @USATODAY. It's time for the church to walk away from toxic theology around #mentalhealth, and begin to the lead the conversation about #suicideprevention.…
@USATODAY A big thank you to @Lindsay_Schnell for including me in this conversation.
I long for the day when I can talk about my anti-anxiety medication like my dad talks about this cholesterol medication.…
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It’s all great & good to express yourself about your struggle with mental health, depression, suicide, etc. It’s extremely healthy to open up honestly about your issues, but acknowledgement is only the first step.
You must then move to stop identifying yourself By those issues.
You focus on your positive qualities.
You focus on what you Can do rather than on everything you can’t.
You center yourself IN yourself.
You stop making excuses Every time you think about it.
You stop beating yourself up for not thinking about it because you Stop comparing
yourself to who you’ve been or could be.
You focus on now, and what you have, and what you can do with it.
You take each day for what it’s worth, each day.
You learn to let go.
You learn to open up and accept good into your life.
You learn to love and appreciate yourself and to
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I wanted to share my suicide survival story for the first time. Reliving these brutal, painful and private moments isn’t easy. But it is cathartic to share it. So, here goes... #WorldSuicidePreventionDay
The 1st time I attempted suicide was in August of 1996. I was 18 & entering my freshman year of college. Pre-season has just started. I accepted the scholarship to the local college b/c my then-girlfriend told me if I accepted an out-of-State scholarship, that we’d break up
So I stayed in Milwaukee. Well, a month before college actually starts, I find out she was pregnant by some other guy. My world was flipped upside down. I told my assistant coach that I was having suicidal thoughts. He cried, but took me to a mental hospital...
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THREAD. Let me tell you abt some myths around #suicide & how you can save lives. #suicideprevention
MYTH 1: Talking about suicide is a bad idea, as it may be seen as encouragement
FALSE. Rather than encouraging suicide, talking openly helps prevent suicide. 1/n
MYTH 2: A person who is suicidal is determined to die
FALSE. Au contraire, suicidal persons are often ambivalent about dying. Emotional support at the right time can help prevent suicide 2/n
MYTH 3: Most suicides happen without warning.
FALSE. Most suicides are preceded by warning signs, either verbal or behavioural. Many will talk to friends & relatives or doctors about wanting to die. Don't ignore it. That brings us to...3/n
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What would National #SuicidePrevention Strategy for India look like:
1. We need to believe it is possible. With concerted effort China has dramatically reduced their suicide rates.
2. We need to implement evidence-based, low cost scalable solutions. They exist.
...contd 1/n
3. Need different strategies for sub-groups. Same solution won't work for students, young women, rural/urban, farmers etc.
4. #suicideprevention is an #intersectoral issue. All solutions do not lie in #health sector; #education #employment, #media #agriculture also imp....2/n
5. Recognise India's suicide epidemiology is different from the West. M:F ratio is 1.5:1 here while it's 4:1 in West. So more women relatively. 50% of suicides impulsive with no mental illness 🇮🇳 while 80% have mental illness in West...3/n
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Very sad to hear about the #suicide of #KeithFlint (#TheProdigy ). If you're in the UK - you can find a list of #MentalHealth resources and support in this thread.

So first up - 1. #Mind - Mind Infoline – Phone: 0300 123 3393, Text: 86463
2. Elefriends - a peer to peer community forum

3. Samaritans (you do not need to be suicidal to call them) 116 123 (UK)
116 123 (ROI) (UK) (ROI)
4. Rethink Mental Illness - broad array of services + part tackling mental health #stigma --- along with 5. #TimeToChange and 6. SANE which also has a helpline 0300 304 7000 from 4.30pm – 10.30pm daily
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Now reading the the #TopolReview report - Preparing the healthcare workforce to deliver the digital future. It's an illuminating read #DigitalHealth
It's clear that a lot of effort has gone into the #TopolReview - it paints a glorious vision of what healthcare would look like over the next 20 years (for both staff and patients) - enabled by technology such as #genomics, #AI and #robotics
For me the #Topolreview has too narrow a focus. It's been commissioned by healthcare, yet we know that with an aging population, many people with long term conditions have to rely upon #socialcare as well. We need joined up thinking, imho.
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Let's talk about suicide. I know it's not fun. But we need to talk about it. I am someone with lived experience. I've lived through those moments when it was almost too much to bear and I searched for methods and wrote out plans. Yet I am still here.

#SuicidePrevention THREAD
I'm glad I'm alive. There have been plenty of days when I didn't feel that way. So it's kind of like a gift. Part of the beauty in this is that I know other people are glad I'm here, too. Probably none of them knows how difficult the journey has been.

Depression is a monster that lives under your bed, crawls out every morning as you eat breakfast, watches from the mirror as you brush your teeth, talks in your ear like a ceaseless prayer in reverse as you try to go about your day.

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