Suicide And Social Isolation: The Impact On Japan

Life is a valuable blessing and we all should respect it. It is a great wonder that involves magnificent things like nature and different relations like families and companions. This blessing is not always the same for everyone. Many individuals of many age groups end up drowning in their misery alone and commit suicide to escape life.

Suicide is purposely ending up one's own life in the light of various reasons. It is viewed as a heinous crime in several religions. Self-destruction is the most incorrect step which individuals take to get rid of all their issues. It is a selfishly immature move to address issues that possibly have other solutions. On various incidents, the issues are petty and have straightforward solutions.


The increasing incidents of suicides have put a bad impact on human society. Several facts have indicated that the pandemic has had several significant mental and social effects. The mental or physiological consequences of the pandemic will most likely continue for quite a long time. Research has indicated that the COVID-19 pandemic is related to trouble, tension, the panic of infection, sorrow and sleep deprivation, insomnia in the majority of the population and especially among several medical service professionals.


Social isolation, tension, fear of the virus, vulnerability, constant pressure and financial challenges may stimulate depressive disorders, anxiety, and other mental health problems and mostly affect people with prior mental health issues and individuals who are living in high-risk zones. Stress-related mental conditions including the state of mind and substance use are related to self-destructive conduct.


Suicides and suicide attempts are significant to public well-being in the current situation. There is a reasonable worry that suicides and suicide attempts have increased during the pandemic. Consistently near 800,000 individuals end their own lives and there are a lot more individuals who attempt to kill themselves. Each suicide is a misfortune that influences the family, community and whole nations and may have lasting consequences on other individuals as well.


Suicide is the second most important cause of death among the age group of 15-29 years globally in the year 2020. Many countries have experienced suicide incidents in 2020, but Japan has experienced huge growth in suicide rates. According to the National Police Agency, about 20,919 people have ended their lives. Japan reports a rapidly increasing rate of suicides as compared to other nations. During the pandemic, the numbers have reportedly spiked and have become scarier. Most specialists say that the issue of increasing suicides in Japan is affixed to the nation's way of life, the loneliness. Japan's grown-up population, more than 20% is over 65 years of age, which is the most significant portion of the world, has made a significant section of aged and middle-aged feel that they have nobody to help them or be with them.

Since most adults do not have time to interact much, many of them are living alone and there are several incidents where many of them died alone and their bodies were found quite a while after their death. Japan has been seeing a rising pattern of loneliness. Hence, it has appointed a Minister of Loneliness after the country's suicide rates went up. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga distributed the portfolio to Tetsushi Sakamoto, who is likewise accountable for handling the nation's falling rate of birth and renewing the provincial economy.


Increasing suicide rates among young women led to the formation of the new Ministry of Loneliness. Business-related pressure and the capability of self-destruction became connected, implying policies related to loneliness and re-structuring organisations whose employees are more prone to suicide due to overworking.


Emotional and mental well-being specialists throughout the world have cautioned that suicide rates could rise during the pandemic, driven by various components including financial difficulty, stress and family insult.In Japan, this growth is for the first time since 2009, in the wake of the worldwide financial emergency. More than 14% more suicides were recorded among young women. Suicide among men fell in 2019, as compared to women. While deciding the reasons for rising suicide rates is complex, likely factors include increasing unemployment among women and additional work at home as family responsibilities are unevenly shared between spouses. The pandemic had eventually smashed down many industries that appointed women frequently on contract-based agreements including hostels, hotel and hospitality.


Many Japanese celebrities also committed suicide and a series of such incidents in the Japanese entertainment world, including television star Kimura Hana in May, entertainer Miura Haruma in July and entertainers Ashina Sei and Takeuchi Yuko in September, have brought up issues about their particular misfortunes, yet in addition to this conditions in Japanese society, in general, that may have added to the problem. After such serious incidents, Japan is amplifying certain measures against loneliness, moving towards extensively handling an inescapable issue in the country that has again been pushed into the spotlight because of the pandemic. Depression has, for some time, been an issue in Japan, frequently talked about, close to "hikikomori," or individuals who live in outrageous social isolation or separation. Engineers in Japan recently planned a robot to hold somebody's hand when they're unhappy.


To control such incidents one should share their issues with someone wise and experienced in dealing with stress and solving their problems. Stress is a major donor towards suicides and is difficult to diagnose at an early stage, to be prevented.


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