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Harsukh Educational Charitable Society International Journal of Community Health and Medical Research

Volume 3 Issue 3 July - Sep 2017

Original Articles

Preiti Modi, Krishan Kumar, Rajeev Dogra

Background: Depression is one of the four major diseases in the world and is the most common cause of Abstract disability from diseases. Students are a special group of people that are enduring a critical transitory period and can be one of the most stressful times in a personís life. Trying to fit in, maintain good grades, plan for the future, and be away from home often causes anxiety for a lot of students. As a reaction to this stress, some students get depressed. Previous studies reported that depression in female students is noted around the world and the prevalence seems to be increasing. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among 15-to-24 year olds. College campuses represent an important point of intervention for the prevention of suicide for many young adults (Muehlenkamp, Marrone, Gray & Brown, 2009). Dogra, Basu and Das (2008) found that except stressful life events, other predictor variables, i.e., personality, presence of meaning in life, reasons for living, contribute significantly to suicidal ideation. Material & Method: Total 40 students have been taken for the present study. Tools used: PHQ-9 (Patient health questionnaire Developed by Drs. Robert L. Spitzer et al 1999) was administered on students to assess depression. A self constructed Risk assessment behavior -9 was administered to assess the suicide risk behavior in students. Results: Results revealed that about 10%of the students had high suicidal ideation. Conclusion: College campuses and hostels represent an important point of intervention for the prevention of suicide for many young adults. Keywords: Depression, Stress, Suicide, Suicidal ideation,

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