New Delhi, Nov 30 (UNI) As many as 1,18,112 people committed suicide in the country last year while about one per cent to 2 per cent of population suffered from major mental disorder and 5 per cent to ten per cent were affected with from minor mental illness, Health Minister Anbumoni Ramadoss informed the Rajya Sabha today.
In a written reply, Dr Ramadoss said as per the National Crime Records Bureau, the number of suicides in 2004 was 1,13,697 which increased to 1,13,914 in 2005 and went upto 1,18,112 in 2006.
Under the National Mental Health Programme, efforts were being made to provide mental health services as part of the general health system, he said. The Central Government supplements the measures taken by states through District Mental Health Programme, strengthening of Psychiatric Wing of Medical Colleges/Central hospitals and modernisation/ upgrading of mental hospitals to make them therapeutic unit.
The governemnt proposed to re-strategise the National Mental Health Programme under the eleventh plan to expand the District Mental Health Programme to cover areas of suicide prevention, stress management, school mental health and also to create infrastructure for production of quality manpower/ training of personnel etc for the effective delivery of mental health services, he said.