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Country’s rising suicides should be eliminated – Prof. Athukorala

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Peradeniya University, Economics and statistics Prof. Wasantha Athukorala expressed concern over the rising suicides in the country almost every day and said it is a pity nearly 9,700 suicides were reported from all parts of the country during the past three years.

He made these remarks to coincide with the ‘World Suicide Prevention Day’ which was commemorated by Sri Lanka on September 10.

Quoting statistics Prof. Athukorala told the Daily News over 3,406 suicides were reported in our country during 2022 (last year) due to various social reasons. He said nearly 3,000 suicides are reported from all parts of the country every year and in effect it’s about nine suicides each day.

Prof. Athukorala said statistics also indicate that currently there is 10 percent increase in suicides in our country and of which 83 percent were males and 17 percent females that commit suicide every year. The Professor said responsible officials should focus special attention towards this situation and look into the reason for this.

Prof. Athukorala also said several personal reasons including job scarcity, the current economic situation and various unrevealed personal reasons could be seen behind these suicides. He further said not only uneducated people but 40 percent who are perusing higher studies in schools and universities too commit suicide due to various personal reasons.

The Professor also mentioned that some people who do not get suitable employment and those who are involved in agricultural work also commit suicide due to various personal reasons.

Meanwhile Psychiatrist Specialist Dr. Rumy Ruben highlighted that majority youngsters and elderly people commit suicide due to depression and advised children not to take unnecessary advantages from the freedom they have and also to refrain from getting involved in harassments. He said children should always focus attention towards their educational activities rather than visiting various unnecessary places.

He also urged parents to have a closer look on their children’s movements every time and advise them not to get involved with unsavoury friends.

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