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BANGLADESH: Study Says 585 Students Committed Suicide In 2022

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A total of 585 students killed themselves in Bangladesh in 2022, according to the latest study of Anchal Foundation released Friday.

Of the total figure of shocking statistics, no less than 446 were school and high school students.

Quoting the latest study of Anchal Foundation revealed Friday, United News of Bangladesh (UNB) reported that among them, 340 were school students and 106 high school students.

The study is reportedly based on the reports of over 150 national, local newspapers and online portals.

Dhaka Division saw the highest number of school and high school students, 23.77 per cent, ending their lives.

It was followed by Chattogram (17.27 per cent) and Rajshahi (16.81 per cent), Khulna (14.13 per cent), Rangpur (8.74 per cent), Barishal (8.53 per cent), Mymensingh (6.27 per cent), and Sylhet (4.48 per cent).

During the review period, 85 university and 54 madrasa students killed themselves.

On average, 37 school and high school students tried to commit suicide every month.

A gender analysis of the suicide data of high school students found that girls showed more suicidal tendencies (60.15 per cent) than boys.

Among school students who committed suicide, 63.90 per cent were girls. And 59.44 percent of the high school students who killed themselves were girls.

School and high school students, who committed suicide, faced different issues, including being emotionally hurt (27.36 per cent), troubled romantic attachment (23.32 per cent), family conflict (3.14 per cent), depression (2.01 per cent), psychological problems (1.79 per cent), financial problems (1.79 per cent), harassment (1.79 per cent), and rape or sexual harassment (1.34 per cent).

Anchal Foundation General Secretary Samira Akhter Siam reportedly said that what is “very fretful for us” is that the suicide rate is highest among students aged 13 to 19 years, adding: “From an early age, mental health and emotion management techniques should be taught in the home by families, social settings, and at educational institutions.”

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