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The book backed by WHO presents through art, an understanding of suicide and its impact on families and communities, and what each of us can do to prevent it.
In 2020, India recorded over 1.53 lakh suicides, an estimated 418 daily suicides according to the National Crime Records Bureau. This was the highest number of suicides in the country in a decade and is the highest in the world. The suicide rate among girls and women in India continues to be twice the global rate. These incidents of death are often linked to marriage-related challenges such as dowry harassment, early marriage, forced marriage, domestic violence and widowhood. This calls for a gender-friendly mental health support. The latest data released by NCRB on October 23, 2021 demonstrated an increase in the number of suicides among people over 60 years of age during 2020 compared to 2019. The increase was observed higher in older women (21.8%) than in older men (18.3%).