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Death highlights problems of youth

Dec. 14: In another case of depression forcing young people to take the extreme step, a 30-year-old man ended his life last night by hanging himself at his house at Dispur Last Gate, close to the secretariat.

Sources at Dispur police station said though the reason for Tapan Das to take the extreme step was yet to be ascertained, preliminary investigation pointed out that he was depressed for sometime. “Family members told us that he was depressed as he did not get a good job and used to run a shop. He had married recently and used to stay with his mother who works at the secretariat,” a relative said.

This is the fourth suicide in the city in the past 10 days and the police said it again highlighted the growing frustration among young boys and girls and many taking the extreme step owing to the lack of counselling facilities.

“The analysis of the suicide cases has shown that young boys and girls have nobody to share their problems with. As Guwahati is growing fast, youngsters are eyeing good results and better jobs. But those who fail to achieve them often become frustrated and are sometimes forced to take their lives. It is really a disturbing trend,” a senior city police officer said.

Rima Baruah, counsellor at Ashadeep, a city-based NGO, which runs a free helpline for depressed people, said the number of people seeking their help and psychological support had increased considerably.

“We receive at least 20 to 22 calls every month after we launched the helpline in February. Most of the calls are from students facing problems while choosing their career, college students facing problems in their love life and young boys and girls suffering from psychological depression or suicidal tendency when they face difficulties finding a job,” Baruah said.

“We always keep the identity of the caller secret and our counsellors offer free advice over phone which can help them tide over depression and prevent them from taking the extreme step,” she said.

Though there has been several suicide cases in Guwahati every month, the administration is yet to wake up to the issue. The district social welfare officer, Hemi Borah, said they had no scheme to open any helpline for counselling. “There is a need for awareness programmes in schools and colleges to cater to the psychological and emotional problems of children but we do not have any specific scheme to cater to the issue.”