Severe problem arise from Loneliness, More than 200 million people in India suffer from depression



Mumbai : More than 200 million people in India are suffering from one or other mental illnesses including depression, says a report of WHO. About 42 percent of the employees working in India suffer from depression and anxiety. Depression and loneliness have become a major problem for the whole world including India and it cannot be ignored as a mere responsibility of the society.

A person engulfed in loneliness becomes the cause of his own destruction, he starts thinking about death, not thinking about life. The person of loneliness is troubled throughout his life and does not like anything.

According to the World Health Organization, suicide is the third largest cause of death among young people around the world and loneliness is the biggest reason for this. Although loneliness is just a word to say, people do not take it seriously, but in view of the recent situation, countries all over the world have started taking it seriously.

Loneliness is not the only person who is living alone in the society, but it is also often the person who is surrounded by a whole family, relatives and friends and yet experiences himself alone. Reports have shown that loneliness is up to 60 percent more common among married people than single ones.

According to a research by Harvard Business Review, loneliness causes a person’s age to decline rapidly and is as dangerous as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Individuals surrounded by big problems often fall prey to loneliness, insecurity of loneliness increases in people’s lives even during epidemics and war. Everyone felt this loneliness in the Corona period and especially during the lockdown, there were many changes in people’s behaviour, they increased anger, frustration and suffocation, these feelings only push the person into the darkness of loneliness.

There is a lot of difference between loneliness and solitude. Loneliness is a state of mind, which we can call mental illness. While solitude is a state of spiritual development of a person. Solitary is need of creation, but loneliness causes destruction.

Recently, Japan has formed a ministry to overcome loneliness, its name is ‘Ministry of Loneliness’, though Japanese people are considered to be hardworking and honest, but loneliness is making them hollow inside.

Japan has a population of 12.5 crores, about 63 lakhs elderly and more than six crore youths, that is, five percent of the total population are elderly and fifty percent are young. These elders are the concern of Japan, because they have no partner to overcome their loneliness. People resort to robot dogs and robot friends to overcome their loneliness, but they do not have the support of any living companions.

In such a situation, the government of Japan is troubled by the suicide figures in the year 2020. In the year 2020, the suicide figures in Japan increased by almost four percent compared to 2019, i.e. 16 out of every one lakh citizens were committing suicide and investigation found that the biggest reason for this is loneliness, then the government formed this ministry.

In the year 2018, Britain too formed a ministry of this kind, but after two years it was found that the people of Britain have not benefited from this ministry.

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