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31 October 2014
HEALTH : MENTAL HEALTH

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SUICIDE RATES
Why are so many elderly men killing themselves?
While any act of self-killing is tragic and worthy of attention, one cannot help wonder why the proportion of male suicides in the country steadily rises with age. Take a look at the stark and sustained picture revealed by the data published by the NCRB.
Society

SUICIDES IN INDIA
Where the young don’t want to live
The findings of a 2012 Lancet study on death by suicide in India reveal the alarming trend of suicide among those under the age of 29. Comparing the Lancet figures with NCRB data, Shambhu Ghatak highlights the real extent of the problem and identifies some of the key causes.
Society

ART AS THERAPY
A ray of dancing light
Mental illness is an isolating experience which shuts off those affected from experiencing the fun and laughter of everyday life. Kolkata Sanved is working to change that, writes Shoma Chatterji.
Health WEST BENGAL

ART AS THERAPY
A ray of dancing light
Mental illness is an isolating experience which shuts off those affected from experiencing the fun and laughter of everyday life. Kolkata Sanved is working to change that, writes Shoma Chatterji.
Health WEST BENGAL

HEALTH CARE
HIV and mental disorders
While those with mental disorders are at increased danger for being infected with HIV, the onset of the virus itself gives rise to a number of mental illnesses. Puja Awasthi reports.
AIDS Health

WOMEN/CHOICE
Abortion law's grey zone: retarded mothers
The SC recently ruled that a 19-year-old Chandigarh-based mentally retarded girl must be allowed to carry on her pregnancy that was caused by sexual assault. The verdict throws open more questions than it answers, writes Kamayani Bali Mahabal.
Laws Human Rights Women
GUJARAT RIOTS AND CHILDREN
Still suffering, five years after
Five years have passed after the riots, five years in which saplings have become trees and blueprints have taken the shape of buildings. But time seems to have stopped for many families and children who suffered or witnessed atrocities during the 2002 riots, altering their dreams and hopes in unlikely, distressing ways. Deepa A has more.
Children Education Health GUJARAT
Mental health care needs help
The Indian experience in institutionalised mental help has not been civilising. The National Human Rights Commission had issued a condemnation of the state of mental hospitals as early as six years ago. Parul Sharma notes that misguided private counselling and the lack of richer case law have compounded victims' problems.
Health Laws

Health care in action
Rasika Dhavse reports on a Pune-based organisation that conducts drama therapy sessions designed to help special populations grow to their potential.
Health MAHARASHTRA
Understanding Schizophrenia
Dr.Judith Jaeger, an expert on psychiatric disorders was recently in Chennai. She spoke to Lalitha Sridhar on schizophrenia and the current state of knowledge in the world about the illness.
Disability Health

 

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