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Some Alarming Statistics

 Suicide Brain Art


According to data put out by the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) the national average is 10 suicides per 100,000 people.  As a group, ISKCON gurukulis have already experienced approximately 10 suicides per 1,000 people (the estimated number of Kulis worldwide).  This is about 100 times higher than the national average!


Currently there are about 10 “high risk” Kulis living in the Los Angeles area. Nearly half of them are considered “chronically homeless.”  My guess is that there are similar situations in other parts of the world. The ratio of people that grew up in  the ISKCON gurukula experiment who are now experiencing mental difficulties seems unnaturally high when compared to other groups. Given the environment in which we grew up, it is disturbing, but not unexpected. 


Please, spread the word. We’ve got to keep making this an important topic, both amongst our peers and throughout ISKCON.  Let’s honor the memories of Nrsmha, Dhruva, Arjuna, Jivananda, Ramanuja, Ananda, Nimai Bhakti Prahlad and others by working together to help those who may be going through an extra difficult part of their lives.  Let’s look out for some of the most vulnerable and often invisible members of our Society.


October 20, 2006 - Posted by | Gurukula, Gurukuli, Hare Krishna, ISKCON, Vaishnava Youth


  1. […] Please, spread the word. We’ve got to keep making this an important topic, both amongst our peers and throughout ISKCON.  Posted by chaitanyamangalaImpressive article i thinkLink to original article […]

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  2. Hare Krsna prabhu,
    I got your web address from Bhakta Reem of Radhadesh. Thank you for creating this site and continuing to discuss suicide with the youth of ISKCON. this is an important topic.
    Suicide is attractive to the young as a powerful way to end their suffering and to make a statement to the rest of the world re: some highly idealized personal strength (of sorts). We see as heroes, rock legends like, Curt Cobain, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, or Hollywood star, River Phoenix. But these are all illusory. It is not our philosophy by any stretch of the imagination. There is nothing attractive about suicide. Our suffering doesn’t end here but continues on in a new ghostly body, which is far more hellish. But you know all of that, already.

    I simply wanted to ask if you could advertise our helpline, which is a free 800 call from anywhere in N. America. This Youth Help Line is primarily funded and operated for kulis and the youth of our ISKCON movement. It is a place of free resource information, support and assistance to anyone contemplating suicide or grappling with any mental health concern.

    I am the main person who will be answering the line and my background is in twenty years of social work dealing with child abuse. I have manned crisis hotlines in the past and I especially want to provide this service for Iskcon.

    Our phone number is: 1-866-446-2288. I want to get this number out and so I am asking many folks connected with the youth of ISKCON to assist me in spreading the word.

    Our hours are from 1 pm to 9 pm EST, Monday thru Friday only at this time.


    Comment by Mahavisnupriya dasi | November 1, 2006 | Reply

  3. Mahavisnupriya prabhu,

    Thanks for providing the Youth Help Line information. This kind of service is very important for helping those who may be considering suicide. I’ll figure out how to post the toll free number on the front page of my blog.

    Comment by chaitanyamangala | November 1, 2006 | Reply

  4. Just to clarify, when you look at the statistics for suicide they are given in number of suicides per 100,000 PER YEAR.

    So if all of these suicides were within one year that would be the appropriate comparison. That would then be 67 times the normal rate for the US. (10 per 1500 equals to 667 per 100,000)

    That being said, even one suicide is too many, and we should address the issue and not sweep it under the rug.

    Comment by Makhanchor das | July 1, 2008 | Reply

  5. Dear Kulis, my all the best well wishes to you.
    To those that want to help you: Thank you for all the important things you are doing.

    It is very sad to see those high statistics of suicide. It tells that help is VERY urgent to these persons.

    There is an interesting development in the field of trauma cure by an effective method that works with certain acupressure points of the body.

    They have been able to quickly help even former vietnam veterans! See for yourself and by all means try it out, with a qualified mental health care person present or as a practitioner:

    This Dr. Patricia Carrington is a very expert practitioner that is particularly successful in helping persons with reactive depression. Highly recommended:

    This is also a self help method, but only for milder things like hight fobia, addictions and such. Naturally deep traumas etc. have to be healed under competent supervision.

    I hope from my heart that this post will help many persons to the road of swift recovery. Ys Ajamidha das.

    Comment by Ajamidha dasa | January 24, 2009 | Reply

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