Centre's article on pesticide suicide prevention in Nepal on this World Suicide Prevention Day

Pesticide self-poisoning is the second most common method of suicide in Nepal. Globally, out of 800,000 individuals who die from suicide each year, about 15-20 per cent die from pesticide self-poisoning. Most suicides due to pesticide ingestion happen in agricultural communities around the globe, where—as in Nepal—small-holder farming is an important source of income. Statistics on suicide are notoriously unreliable and prone to underestimation. In Nepal, the under-reporting is happening due to stigma, fear of negative consequences on the part of families, and perceived illegality of suicide attempts.