W.H.O data shows that Nepal has the second highest number of suicide rate in ratio to the total population in South Asia. Recent studies add that 15 people commit suicide every day in Nepal. And suicide is currently the leading cause of death for 15 to 49-year-old Nepalese women. After 2015 Earthquake, the number of deaths from suicide in the Kathmandu Valley increased by 24% in 2 months; majority of them linked to post-traumatic stress and depression.
Suicide is preventable in the majority of the cases. Since there is a link between mental health issues and suicide rate, the awareness about mental health issues should be raised.
But there is a lack of awareness and support for mental health problems in Nepal. Though mental health problem is preventable with treatments on time, very few people suffering from it seek help from health professionals. There’s still a strong social stigma attached to mental illness which often makes people feel ashamed or embarrassed to talk about it.
It’s time we destigmatize mental health. Let’s start talking about mental health issues.
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