S M Yasir Arafat
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Bangladesh
He has MBBS, MBA, MPH & MD Phase B Resident, Department of Psychiatry at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University. He is acting as an Editor-in-Chief at Int J of Perceptions in Public Health. He has more than 60 publications in international peer-reviewed journals. He is also affiliated as Adjunct Faculty at Public Health, ASA University Bangladesh & Independent University, Bangladesh.
Suicide is a global public health problem too often neglected by researchers and Bangladesh is not an exception. There is no suicide surveillance and nationwide study is yet to be conducted in the country. It was aimed to look into the suicide based on newspaper reporting in Bangladesh focusing the demographic variables and risk factors. Methods: 6 national newspapers were scrutinized since November 2016 to April 2017. Data were checked, crosschecked and then analyzed with SPSS software. Results: In six month duration total 271 cases were reported; age was found 11-70 years, (26.67±13.47). 61% (83) of the reported cases were less than 30 years of age, 58% were female, 24% (64) were student, 17% were house maker, 61% from rural background, and 45% were married. Hanging was found as the commonest method (82.29%); marital and familial discord remained as a noticeable risk factor 34.32%. Family members and neighbors noticed 103 (38%) cases, and only 3 cases were found to have suicide notes. Conclusion: Suicide is an under attended public health problem in Bangladesh with few research and paucity of literature.