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Suicidal tendencies

February 24, 2021 00:00:00

It seems alarming that incidence of suicide in Bangladesh has been on the rise over the years. What is more concerning is that most of the people who are attempting to or committing suicide are young in age. A recent survey has found suicide to be the second major cause of death in the world. In the next 20 years, it could become the number one. According to the survey, suicidal tendencies are most common among those aged between 15 and 29. Another survey found suicidal tendencies among tertiary level students in Bangladesh to be quite prevalent. Experts think that the rise of suicide among the youths is happening for many reasons such as break-ups, academic pressure, stress, unemployment and frustration.

In this context, we think strengthening family bonds is very important in preventing suicides among youngsters. Parents should be aware of any change in their children's behaviour and set aside enough time for them.

Afroza Sheikh,

Dania, Dhaka,

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