Suicide is leading cause of death among India’s youth

BACKsuicideAccording to a study by the Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Well-being, suicide is the leading cause of death among young people aged 10 – 24 in India.

In 2013 there were 62,960 deaths by suicide in the age group, of which 35,618 were aged between 20 and 24.

The report also says over 2.8 million Indians in the 10-24 age group have suffered a loss of health due to depressive disorders. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that around 36% of Indians suffer from depression.