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While we claim to be the youngest country in the world, our youth is under the eclipse of suicide, the worst kind of death one can imagine of. The reasons for this could be many including social pressure, financial or emotional issues etc. We have seen many cases recently where students have committed suicide due to study pressure or even worse a journalist in Hyderabad recently committed suicide by jumping off 5th floor stating “My brain is my enemy”. In such cases, it’s not only the concerned boy or girl who dies, their parents and their dreams also dies abruptly and unnaturally. There can’t be a bigger pain than cremating your own child.

As per a data published by GBD in 2016, young people in India die predominantly of suicide and their age group is between 15 – 39 years. India has the highest suicide rate in the world among the youth standing at 35.5 per 100,000 people for 2012, the last year for which numbers are available, as reported by The Better India.

It’s high time we need to evaluate our upbringing or the system where we raise our children simply because if a teenager is committing suicide, we are doing something fundamentally wrong which we as a society are not even realising. Surprisingly, as per a report of NCRB published in 2014, Maharashtra has highest no of suicides in India followed by Karnataka followed by MP, Gujrat, Telangana + AP followed by other states.

Most of the times it is found that children/ youth who committed suicide were emotionally distressed and people around them feel guilty of not being with them when they were in dire need of theirs. Often the diseased thinks that this is the end of their life as nothing is going to work or solve their problem.

I can write or tell these feelings so confidently because I personally have gone through it. There was a time after losing my only son in September 2014, after trying everything possible to me for myself and my wife, I saw there was no way I was able to handle my wife’s condition and thought it will end only with our lives. I did attempt a suicide with her, but something happened, and we chose to live. But, this does not happen with everyone.

Well, preventing suicide is possible and we don’t have to move mountains for it. We just have to identify the early signs of distressed person and show our care for them. Even if someone actively listens to these youngsters, they would cope up with their depression and chose life over death. And if you think your support will not suffice, take help of existing NGOs or societies who work for suicide prevention; for the concerned person, himself will never approach such institutes directly unless they work in a unique manner.

By Vivek Sharma,

Philanthropist and Social Activist


Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque reopens after 2 months

The Al-Aqsa mosque is part of the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif compound, which is one of Islam’s holiest sites and the holiest site in Judaism.



Masjid Al Aqsa

Jerusalem, May 31 : After remaining closed for two months due to the coronavirus pandemic, the compound of the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, which is the third-holiest site in Islam after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia, started welcoming worshippers from Sunday again.

Hundreds of people, many of whom wore protective masks, chanted “god is great” as they stood at the mosque’s wooden doors, while some kissed the ground, reports the BBC.

They were then greeted by mosque director Omar al-Kiswani, who thanked them for being patient.

The compound also houses the Dome of the Rock.

Prayers will be held in the open in marked sections, each holding up to 50 people, reports The Times of Israel.

The Al-Aqsa mosque is part of the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif compound, which is one of Islam’s holiest sites and the holiest site in Judaism.

The site is a source of religious and political tension between Israelis and Palestinians and a frequent flashpoint for violence.

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Aurtralian PM Scott Morrison makes ‘ScoMosas’ says would have liked to share them with Modi

Australians got a Sunday sneak peek into Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s lunch and to everyone’s surprise, there were Indian samosas on the platter.



SCoMosas Samosa

Canberra, May 31 : Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday showed off a new skill of making vegetarian ‘samosas’ with mango chutney “from scratch”, and said that he “would have liked to share them” with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.

Taking to Twitter, the Prime Minister said: “Sunday ScoMosas with mango chutney, all made from scratch – including the chutney. A pity my meeting with @narendramodi this week is by videolink.

“They’re vegetarian, I would have liked to share them with him.”

He also attached a photo of himself holding the platter of the snacks. The tweet has so far garnered 27,000 likes.

The two Prime Ministers are scheduled to hold a virtual meeting on June 4.

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World No Tobacco Day: Ways to use this lockdown as a catalyst to quit smoking

The global observance of World No Tobacco Day on May 31 presents an opportunity to raise awareness around smoking risks, and to work with smokers to find effective strategies for quitting.




World No Tobacco Day

New Delhi, May 31 : Tobacco kills more than 1 million people each year in India, according to the World Health Organisation. While no organ is immune to the destructive effects of cigarette smoke, it has one of the worst impacts on lungs.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, the risk of respiratory problems for vulnerable populations has increased significantly, leaving smokers more exposed to negative health outcomes. The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World’s recent Covid-19 State of Smoking Poll surveyed tobacco and nicotine users in countries that quickly imposed strong policies or guidance urging residents to remain at home. The poll evaluated the mental and physical toll of social distancing on smokers globally, many of whom have increased their tobacco intake as a way to cope with pandemic stress.

The survey found that 48 percent of combustible tobacco smokers in India believe that smoking increases the risk of either contracting COVID-19 or becoming seriously ill from it. It also revealed significant concerns about the safety of families, job security, and economic opportunity. These mental and physical stresses are particularly harmful for smokers, who often use tobacco to relieve anxiety.

On the other hand, it is possible that the global crisis will awaken a new commitment to healthy living among those who are motivated to change. 66 percent of Indian smokers surveyed reported that they had considered quitting for health concerns amid the COVID-19 crisis, and 63 percent responded they had actually made a quit attempt. Yet, there still exist many smokers who intend to quit but are uncertain about the best way to do so.

The global observance of World No Tobacco Day on May 31 presents an opportunity to raise awareness around smoking risks, and to work with smokers to find effective strategies for quitting.

Dr. Sree T. Sucharitha, MD Fellow in HIV Medicine and Professor in a private medical college in Chennai, and Medical Director of Association for Harm Reduction Education and Research (AHRER), outlines four practices smokers should adopt during COVID-19 to manage their stress and anxiety in a healthy way.

Fitness and Exercise

We all know that exercise is important in our daily lives, but under the current circumstances, this habit may require extra motivation, as activity is often restricted to the home. During the COVID-19 crisis, tobacco and nicotine users in India have proven more likely than those in other countries to increase their use of healthy coping mechanisms (physical exercise, 64 percent; breathing exercises, 58 percent; meditation, 58 percent; yoga, 55 percent), as per The Foundation’s poll. Practicing mindfulness exercises such as yoga, meditation and deep breathing exercises with guided instructions from experts as in digital apps and videos will help in building core emotional resilience and also may strengthen immunity.

Healthy Diet

A healthy balanced diet, which gives the body the essential vitamins and dietary fibers for better metabolism, is crucial during the pandemic. Proper food habits must be maintained by following a diet plan that includes not only recommended consumption of calories, but also: fruits, vegetables, proteins and dairy products. A healthy diet will ensure that our tissues and cells get proper nutrition to function smoothly. Without proper nutrition, the body is more prone to infectious diseases due to poor immunity.

Take a break, get sleep, and rest

We want to control every aspect of our lives and stay updated on the latest developments, but in situations like these we must learn to accept some lack of control. People should take scheduled breaks and mentally disconnect from the overwhelming news and social media updates about the pandemic. Activities such as playing board games, solving puzzles, or playing with children and pet animals will help you to revitalize for the days ahead. Adequate rest and sleep for 6-8 hours will help minimize the effect of the pandemic on mental wellness.

Connect with people

Humans are indeed social animals. During trying times of uncertainty and fear, it is therefore very important to stay connected with others. Isolation and fear can negatively affect mental health, which can lead to severe anxiety or depression. As per the Foundation’s poll, close to 36 percent of Indian tobacco and nicotine users stated that social distancing has had an adverse effect on their mental health. While a majority of respondents normally turned to tobacco or nicotine products to manage stress (58 percent), 46 percent of respondents have decreased their use during social distancing. Mental health experts have suggested that reducing stress about the lockdowns, spending quality time with family, and indulging in creative activities can help you overcome feelings of depression and vulnerability during this crisis.

(Puja Gupta can be contacted at [email protected])

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