A recent study suggests that the rate of suicide attempts amongst women in Afghanistan is on the rise. Reportedly, over 2,300 Afghan women between the ages of 15-40 try to take their own lives annually. This is staggering compared to previous decades, but it’s hardly surprising as to why these days.
It’s apparent that women in Afghanistan face many hardships: arranged marriages at extremely young ages, poverty, domestic violence, having little to no rights, lack of health care, and the harsh and gruesome reality of war. On top of that, it is frowned upon for these individuals to seek help when suffering from mental illness, which deters many Afghan women suffering from severe depression from seeking treatment.
Sadly, most reported attempts are of self-immolation, suicide by fire. So Along with the emotional scars of attempted suicide these women have physical proof as well.
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