Increasing suicidal tendency amongst kids throughout lockdown in Kerala; Over 60 finish lives since March 25

Thiruvananthapuram, July 12

At least 66 kids have ended their lives in Kerala because the COVID-19 lockdown started on March 25 with kids dealing with stress unable to bear the unprecedented state of affairs the place colleges are shut and buddies out of attain to share their woes.

According to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, there was an growing occasion of suicidal tendencies amongst kids within the state as a consequence of varied causes, together with mother and father scolding them over cell phone use and failure to attend on-line courses.

This has prompted the federal government to launch a tele- session facility for youngsters dealing with stress and in addition cautioning mother and father in opposition to hurting their sentiments whereas caring about welfare of their wards. It has additionally ordered a research into the difficulty.

“Among the children an increasing instance of suicidal tendency is being witnessed which will become an extremely serious social issue. Since March 25, when the national lockdown was imposed, 66 children, below 18 years of age, have ended their lives due to various reasons”, Vijayan mentioned.

A mom scolding her little one for not attending the continuing on-line courses, or a mum or dad questioning a baby for downloading a sleazy video on the sensible cellphone or the fixed rift between the mother and father have been among the many causes which triggered the suicidal tendency, he mentioned on Saturday.

As the colleges haven’t but re-opened as a result of lockdown, the kids are unable to satisfy their buddies and share their issues.

Vijayan mentioned although the mother and father have been intervening holding in thoughts their little one’s welfare, it was important to make sure that the younger minds weren’t damage within the course of.

To assist the kids dealing with points regarding psychological pressures, ‘Chiri’ a tele-counselling initiative has been began by the federal government underneath its Our Responsibility to Children Programme (ORC), a deliberate group intervention that connects with individuals between the age of 12-18 years.

The state well being division has additionally launched “Ottakalla Oppamundu” (You will not be alone, we’re with you) programme to assist kids dealing with any type of psychological misery and to stop the suicidal tendencies amongst them.

Health Minister Ok Ok Shailaja mentioned underneath the psychosocial assist help, her division has to this point reached out to 68,814 kids and 10,890 kids have been given counselling.

The adjustments within the behaviour of their kids must be famous by the members of the family and in the event that they discover one thing amiss, the district psychosocial assist desk must be knowledgeable, she mentioned.

A 15-member staff of Students Police Cadets might be constituted in every of the 14 districts to assist the kids needing any help, police sources mentioned.

Education shouldn’t be a contest, however a way to realize information, Vijayan mentioned.

A society’s future lies with the kids and it’s the obligation of the society and the federal government to make sure their bodily and psychological nicely being.

Taking a severe view of the state of affairs, the state authorities has constituted a committee headed by Fire and Rescue Services DGP R Sreelekha to conduct a research on little one suicides within the state.

The goal of the ORC was additionally to create a multi collaborative platform for presidency {and professional} businesses, mother and father and academics to equip youth with acceptable know-how to face challenges, officers mentioned. PTI


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