A cry for help, a call for reflection and action

Syllabus: GS- I, Subject: Society and Social Justice, Topic: Social sector – Health, Issue: Mental health

Context: Increasing incidents of depression and suicide among young students,

 Factors responsible:

  • Job scarcity and high fees fuel fierce competition in education.
  • Parental expectations often disregard a child’s interests.
  • Financial constraints limit access to educational resources.
  • Changing family dynamics weaken family bonds, affecting social connections.
  • Educational institutions often lack emotional support for students.
  • Socioeconomically disadvantaged communities face discrimination, worsening their challenges.
+1 Advantage For Mains (Data Points)

·        Government administers only ~21% of colleges, while ~78% are under private entities (AISHE report, 2019-20).

·        Asia accounted for nearly 61% of global suicide fatalities in 2008 (The Lancet).

·        In 2022, over 13,000 Indian students committed suicide, comprising 7.6% of total suicide fatalities (NCRB report).

·        More than half of India’s population, 53.7%, consists of individuals under 25 years old.

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