After the tragic death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput and ateenage TikTok star, an 18-year-old Delhi University girl, who too had a big fan following on the video platform TikTok died by suicide a day back.
While no suicide note has been recovered from the youngster's room, it has been speculated that the girl took the extreme step after the reported TikTok ban. Her body was discovered from her room by her cousin, which was then reported to the authorities.
Some sources close to the family have also suggested that the girl was suffering from depression from the past 2-3 months, which led her to take her life.
While we grieve for the young life lost, the trend of rising suicides is a big worry and brings back the focus onto mental health. While it is estimated that suicide takes 1 life every 40 seconds, it remains to be a largely preventable cause of death.
Although there is no one specific cause for rising suicide rates across the globe, experts say that a spike in bullying, isolation and the existing taboo circling around mental illness is contributing to the worrying cause, especially in young people. Considering the scary times we are living in and the grave effect the pandemic carries for our mental health, some even worry that COVID-19 might be fueling suicide rates.
A widescale study done in recent years found that our increasing dependency on social media is also cutting down on our interactions with one another. It is said that the millennial generation is one of the loneliest generations.