Indians made up 15 out of the 25 suicides in 2016. According to a data released by the Public Prosecution department of Oman, Indians made up 15 out of the 25 suicides registered in 2016.
Indian expatriates top the suicide cases in the gulf country of Oman. Financial burdens are believed to be the cause in most of the cases and the tendency to end life is more among the blue-collar workers who have low wages.
Ahmad Al Kharousi, a sociologist, told news agencies that low wages and unpaid bank loans are the common triggers for suicide, thinking that they would be relieved of the burden. He opined that more campaigns are needed to help people cope with psychological abnormalities. Article 274 of Omani Penal Law prohibits people from committing suicide or attempting suicide or even aiding or abetting someone to commit suicide. Violators will face jail-term of up to five years.
Globally, cases of depression have ballooned by almost 20 per cent in a decade, making the debilitating disorder linked to suicide the leading disability worldwide, the World Health Organisation said on Thursday.
By 2015, the number of people globally living with depression, according to a revised definition, had reached 322 million, up 18.4 per cent since 2005, the UN agency said.
“These new figures are a wake-up call for all countries to rethink their approaches to mental health and to treat it with the urgency that it deserves,” WHO chief Margaret Chan said in a statement.
According to the agency’s definition, depression is more than just a bout of the blues.
It is a “persistent sadness and a loss of interest in activities that people normally enjoy, accompanied by an inability to carry out daily activities for two weeks or more.”.