Rise in suicides attributed to mental health problems

- BEDRAJ POUDEL, Itahari
Rise in suicides attributed to mental health problems

Dec 22, 2014-

Having resigned from his job recently, Ram Bahadur Thapa, 28, hailing from Dhuseni-4, Lamjung, had tried to take his own life by jumping into the Koshi river on December 18. However, he failed in his suicide attempt as he was rescued by local fishermen and police.

A passenger on a night bus bound for the Capital from Kakadbhitta in Jhapa, Thapa had gotten off the bus when it made a brief rest stop near the Koshi barrage and jumped into the river from a flood-gate of the barrage.

Starting to lead a relatively normal life again, Thapa, an ex-Nepal Army (NA) personnel said that he has now realised that it was very foolish of him to try to commit suicide. Apparently, Thapa had headed home immediately after resigning from active military service. However, as his family members and relatives, ignorant about his resignation from military service, expressed their pride about him being in the military when he reached his home, he was unable to tell them the truth fearing that their high hopes for him would come to nought.

“I did not wanted to shatter the pride and high hopes my family had for me by telling them the truth and was also not in a position to return to my old job as I had already resigned. As I was unable to think properly, I decided to jump into the river without thinking of the consequences,” Thapa recalled.  

Like Thapa, Prem Gupta of Inaruwa-6 said that he feels very guilty of having tried to end his life by consuming poison during Dashain this year. However, his family members managed to save his life just in time as he was immediately rushed to Inaruwa hospital after he had consumed suicide. Stating that suicide is a cowards way, Gupta expressed remorse over his rash decision to end his own life over a trivial issue.

While police have been blaming poor financial condition as one of the chief reasons behind the rise in number of people committing suicide in the district, it might not be the case, argues Dr Roshan Pokhrel, a psychiatrist who is chief of mental health department at the Koshi Zonal Hospital. He attributes suicides to a person’s mental health problems.

A total of 90 people committed suicide in the district in 2010/11. Although the number of suicides had dropped to 76 in 2011/12, it surged to 114 in  2012/13.

Published: 23-12-2014 09:35

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