Hyderabad: A less than expected result in a competitive exam is enough to make a youngster take or at least think of an extreme step. If a relationship goes south, instead of moving on, youngsters get caught up in a vicious cycle of depression, anxiety and quite often even taking some one’s life or their own.
A recent WHO report says, in India youngsters between 15 and 29 years account for the highest suicide rate for a lakh of population at an average of close to 35 suicide cases.
Why are the young in India so vulnerable? Has the modern lifestyle in urban cities given rise to unique mental health issues for youngsters, who are finding hard to cope with? Are Indian families equipped to prepare children to handle failures properly?
“Reasons for young people taking lives are multi-factorial. The young in India must be equipped to cope with depression. Untreated depression, stress at young age due to unmet aspirations, substance abuse, relationship failures and low coping skills to fight stress are some reasons that make children vulnerable,” says Dr G Prasad Rao, president of Indian Psychiatric Society (IPS).
Behavioural experts point out that examination system in India spawned a crop of youngsters who tend to get easily frustrated by failures. Such situation-related depression wherein tough conditions push the young towards extreme meltdowns are gradually on the rise, they aver.
“There should be open communication since childhood with parents so that they don’t hide things and share it, which will reduce the trauma. Youngsters need to be taught to accept failures. All this will happen only if importance is given to mental health,” says senior psychiatrist at Continental Hospitals, Dr K Jyothirmayee.
And then, thanks to modern lifestyle, substance abuse is a real and present danger for the young, experts said. According to the members of Psychiatric Society, the country witnessed a trend of rising cases of abuse of alcohol, tobacco and cannabis in various forms.
Experts said modern-day young couples with no children have immense access to wealth but little quality time. Disposable incomes trigger substance abuse, especially alcohol. Such behaviour breaks homes, families, causes mental health issues and makes young people mentally weak.