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Thinking Clearly about Suicide in India—III

Youth and Young Adult Suicide in Australia and India

The rapid rise in suicide rates above 15 per lakh persons for teenaged males generated great public concern in Australia in the 1980s. Considered a “crisis” level, this led to an intense study of the causes of youth suicide as well as intensive efforts to devise public health programmes to assist young people at the risk of suicide. Reaching a peak in 1991, teenage male suicide rates have fallen steadily and are now less than 10 per lakh. In India, youth suicide rates vary greatly between states for males and females. For young males, suicide rates in 28, and for females in 12 states and union territories were at or above the crisis level. Yet there has been virtually no public recognition of the level or seriousness of youth suicide.

[Part 1 of this study appeared in EPW, 2 April 2016. Part 2 appeared in EPW, 8 October 2016.]

An earlier version of this paper was presented at the Indian Association for the Study of Australia Sixth International Conference, New Delhi, 19–21 January 2012. The author is indebted to Robert Goldney and an anonymous reviewer for their valuable comments on the article.

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