Does DIG C Vijayakumar’s suicide reflect men’s poor mental health?

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Last Updated on July 14, 2023 by Team THIP

Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) for Coimbatore range C Vijaykumar committed suicide with his service pistol, shedding light on mental health. The Police are yet to disclose the exact reasons behind his suicide. However, several reports indicate that he had told his colleagues about his ongoing struggle with severe depression and sleeplessness. Men’s mental health is an essential yet frequently neglected aspect of overall well-being. The weight of societal expectations and stigmas places men in unique and challenging situations. The suicide of DIG C Vijaykumar has brought to the fore the need to address the mental health issues faced by men. According to a report by the NCRB in 2021, 72.5 per cent of suicides were committed by men. The incident underscores the urgency of addressing men’s mental health issues and providing the necessary support and resources to prevent such heartbreaking outcomes. There are some ways that can help you with your mental health. 

Seek support 

There is a societal pressure and norm that forces men not to open up about their mental and emotional struggles. One of the most important steps in dealing with mental health is to reach out for support. This can include confiding in trusted friends or family members, seeking professional help from therapists or counsellors, or joining support groups. Here, they can connect with others who may be facing similar challenges. There are many mental health helplines in India, and some of them are launched by the government. There was a mental health helpline named KIRAN, launched by the government of India in September 2020, which received 29,975 calls between September and May 2021. Data shows that 69.9% of the calls were from males and 30.1% from females. Most callers (76.8%) fell in the 15-40 age bracket, while 16.8% were between 41 and 60 years old.

Break the stigma

It’s essential to challenge and break the stigma surrounding men’s mental health by promoting open and non-judgmental conversations. By sharing personal experiences and encouraging others to do the same, we can create a supportive environment that normalises seeking help.

Practice self-care

Taking care of your physical and emotional well-being is crucial for maintaining good mental health. Men can prioritise self-care by engaging in activities they enjoy, practising relaxation techniques such as meditation or deep breathing exercises, getting regular exercise, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition and sufficient sleep.

Psychologist

Discussing depression, Psychologist Dr Binda Singh says, “Do not let depression dominate our lives. We need to make constructive changes in our lifestyle. Positive thinking along with a systematic routine are very important for this. Also, six to eight hours of sleep daily are very important.”

Foster meaningful connections

Building and nurturing positive relationships can significantly impact men’s mental health. Engaging in activities that foster social connections, such as joining clubs or groups with shared interests, volunteering, or participating in team sports, can provide a sense of belonging and support. Men need to cultivate relationships where they feel comfortable expressing their emotions and seeking support when needed.

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