Geriatric Population: Suicide as a Road to Relief or to Release

  • Jyoti Mishra Pandey
  • Barre Vijay Prasad
  • Preeti Mishra
  • Shobit Garg
  • Bholeshwar Prashad Mishra


Life has many phases and it forces a person to face what it offers. Those who survive go to the next phase but those who fail face significant emotional turmoil. The issue is what factor plays a predominant role when a person commits suicide? Suicide is common among all the ages but when it comes to suicide in elder people it leaves us with many unanswered questions. One of them being, ‘why at this stage of life?’ This is the phase where the person has lived almost all her/his entire life fulfilling all responsibilities. The concern is why at this last phase of life? Was that situation inevitable? Had the situation became so worse that ending life was the last resort to overcome the obstacle? These concerns gave rise to think whether suicide is a road to relief or to release? With this aim the current topic will explore and explain the factors, the conditions and the psyche of the elderly people who commit suicide and how and in what conditions it can be prevented.


Depression Emotional conditions Geriatric population Mental health Suicide 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jyoti Mishra Pandey
    • 1
  • Barre Vijay Prasad
    • 2
  • Preeti Mishra
    • 3
  • Shobit Garg
    • 3
  • Bholeshwar Prashad Mishra
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryGovernment Medical College and Hospital (GMCH)ChandigarhIndia
  2. 2.Department of Clinical PsychologyDharwad Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (DIMHANS)DharwadIndia
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatrySMI Medical College and HospitalDehradunIndia
  4. 4.Department of PsychiatryDayanand Medical College and HospitalLudhianaIndia

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