Although attempting to commit suicide is no longer a crime in India, the stigmatisation remains strong, preventing a clearer understanding of the number of people completing a suicide. Many an attempt also goes unreported because of the myths associated with it. Suicide affects families and communities having a long-lasting impact on the people left behind who continue to struggle with feelings of confusion, guilt and anger trying to understand what they could have done to help. Suicide is a public health problem and one of the most preventable causes of death.

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The article was first published in The Daily Guardian on 18 January 2021