Psychological disorders, depression, and social isolation are a phenomenon that the pandemic has exacerbated. For this reason, the Catholic Church in India has launched an articulated program of psychosocial support through online counseling offered to people in difficulty. The service, taken care of through specialists contacted by Caritas India, “has become all the more necessary because thousands of people commit suicide every year and the number is constantly growing every year”, explained to Fides Fr. Paul Moonjely, executive director of Caritas India.

“To dispel simplistic views on suicides and put an end to the taboo around the discussion of mental health problems, the teams coordinated by Caritas India are committed to reaching out to those who are vulnerable and in need of psychosocial support”, said Father Moonjely.

According to data released in early September by the National Crimes Record Bureau (NCRB) of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, more than 139,000 Indians died from suicide in 2019, 67%, or (93,061) of whom were young. Compared to the 2018 numbers (89,407), youth suicides in India have increased by 4%. Overall suicide figures increased 3.4% over the same period.

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