Every human being deserves to be happy, hopeful, and dutiful in his/her job or business. As the sun appears in the morning, the darkness automatically hides, in the same way, as people start to become happy, sad parts of life disappear.
Maximum Nepalese people want to manage their lives smoothly. At the moment, the relapsing scenario of different forms of Covid pandemic is causing more socio-economic, psychological & cultural threats. Besides this, there is more chance of an increase in suicidal tendencies. This crisis may be very deep and painful in poor and economically deprived communities. For children, suicide is a big threat to holistic development.
It is the duty of all three levels of Government, concerned stakeholders, academic institutions, and civil society to revive hope in those vulnerable populations through the Happiness Promotion Program with the Community Police. It will help to heal the distress and look for a new wave of hope in an instrumental way.
In Nepal, we are entering a difficult situation again due to the 2nd and 3rd wave of Corona Virus & restriction in mobility. It may cause more socio-economic, psychological & cultural threats. Besides this, there is more chance of an increase in suicidal tendencies. This crisis may be very deep and painful in poor and economically deprived communities. For children, suicide is a big threat to holistic development. In an early age, they cannot understand the social circumstances of adult life. They have to face the consequences directly. Such a situation may increase the chance of trauma and re-traumatization. On the other hand, due to different personal, family, and social reasons, many children have committed suicide. It is really painful and shocking to end life intentionally at an early age. Here is the scenario of suicide in Nepal.
As per Nepal police reports,
- 7000+ people committed suicide in this fiscal year 2077/78 fiscal year. Out of them, 294 boys and 470 girls committed suicide aged 15-18. In average, around 18 to 19 people commit suicide each day in Nepal.
2. In the case of Kathmandu Valley only, in 2075/76 fiscal year, 532 people committed suicide. Among them 26 (11, 15 girls) were children. In this 2076/77 fiscal year, suicide number increased to 558 with male number 342, female 118, children 28 (boy 18, girl 10).
3. To date, there is no evidence of comprehensive treatment/care of family members of those who committed and attempted suicide.
4. In the context of the COVID- 19 pandemic, the crisis in socio-economic survival leads to the increasing number of suicidal and attempt to suicide cases.
To prevent such a painful scene in a small and developing country like Nepal, we must have prepared to make our society intact. It is good that to date our society is collectivistic. From a sociological perspective, it is a big asset for society to live a harmonious life together. It helps to share and ventilate pains, trauma, and negative thoughts. As well, it will help to generate alternative live ways and hope. The provincial & local governments can take a decisive role to prevent suffering promoting happiness and save valuable human resources. For this, SAMMAN is starting a campaign to prevent, care and rehabilitate vulnerable populations at the community level.
Considering the present genuine need, insecurity, and psychological problems, SAMMAN is developing a suicide prevention manual at the grass-root level. Since suicide is a cross-cutting issue and needs intervention in health, education, finance, skill development in the community and for vulnerable poor people, SAMMAN wants to involve multi-sectors to reach targeted communities. It may make more accountable to Government bodies and other stakeholders i.e. I /NGOs, business organizations, and civil society. Besides this, this manual will play a vital role to reach these tips to the mass population and save them from suicide ideation, a support system for suicide survivors and affected family members. The suicide crisis has disturbed maximum people directly or indirectly. SAMMAN wants to support & strengthen people in SDG format to own their life with high morale and minimize the suicide rates significantly. It is good that the Ministry of Health & Population and WHO is playing a leading role to survive people from the Pandemic impact and keep people safe. For this, semi –minded organizations i.e. SAMMAN, Koshis Nepal, TPO Nepal, CMC Nepal, CVICT, Chhahari, Kopila Nepal are also contributing to save precious human life.
Yes, it is possible to Nepalese citizens to live in harmony in community and groom together. First of all, the Government should run its financial activities in full fledge. It will help to launch different developmental activities and create new dimensions of jobs and opportunities. It is directly related to generating hope and happiness in people. Beside this, community building with good culture promotion, education, skill, resource, treatment access and peace can be instrumental in suicide prevention, run smooth and happy life.
Ghimire is a Counselling Psychologist.
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