Suicide is the act of intentionally causing one's own death. Mental disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, personality disorders, and substance abuse—including alcoholism and the use of benzodiazepines—ar




Suicide is the act of intentionally causing one’s own death. Mental disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, personality disorders, and substance abuse—including alcoholism and the use of benzodiazepines—are risk factors. Some suicides are impulsive acts due to stress, such as from financial difficulties, troubles with relationships, or bullying.

According to World Heath Organisation, Close to 800 000 people die due to suicide every year, which is one person every 40 seconds. Suicide is a global phenomenon and occurs throughout the lifespan. Effective and evidence-based interventions can be implemented at population, sub-population and individual levels to prevent suicide and suicide attempts. There are indications that for each adult who died by suicide there may have been more than 20 others attempting suicide.

The rate of suicide in the country is alarming and very disturbing. As a blog, almost every two days, News of suicide acts are reported regularly. Most shocking and dangerous to the future of our nation is the fact that younger ones are not even excluded from this worrying trend. It is actually taking the trends of terrorism and insurgency. Many year ago, nobody ever thought that terrorism, bombing, suicide bomber, kidnapping, killings could become notorious in Nigeria. It is ironic that Nigerians that many other countries were emulating and once famously labeled ‘happy go lucky people’ now find suicide attractive.
In year 2016, Nigeria ranked 78th in the world and 2nd in Africa on the World Happiness Report. Curiously, the country dropped to 103rd and 6th position respectively in the 2017 World Happiness report.

In the first quarter of 2017, Nigeria recorded bothersome suicide cases; one of which involved a 500 level, Urban and Regional Planning undergraduate of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Oshogbo, Osun State, and a Babcock University, Ilisan-Remo, Ogun State, student among others. Immediately after this, a medical doctor, recently ended it all by jumping into the Lagos lagoon.

And recently, there have been many other cases of suicide in the country that need not be mentioned. This trend included pastors, church workers, housewives, husbands and so on. What could have been the cause of this strange trend in our dear nation? A host of factors have been attributed to this.

Firstly, is the current economic hardship facing the country. Many Nigerians are suffering, poor, hopeless with very high cost of living, difficult living conditions resulting to low standard of living. The country’s debt profile is on the high, inflation is on the increase, companies are folding up while there is a high rate of unemployment coupled with the earlier mentioned escalating cost of living. It is, therefore, not unusual that economic recession is resulting into depression for our loved ones who are increasingly being overwhelmed by its negative impacts. Recent media reports from several Neuro-Psychiatric hospitals across the country revealed that the incidence of mental illness/ disorders including depressive disorders is on the rise.

Secondly, loneliness has been identified as another very significant source of depression which could cumulate in suicide. This comes via various means. Some folks that are of marriageable age, especially ladies, sometimes find the burden of lonesomeness as well as societal stance on their plight so much to cope with. Is it their fault that they are not married? NO. Are they ugly or uneducated? NO! The lack of being married still falls back to society ills as their youths now avoid marriage like plaque because of the Present economic hardship and high unemployment rate in the country. Furthermore, divorcees and widows often cringe under the unbearable yoke of loneliness and its attendant emotional and societal stress.

Additionally, the Nigerian society and family life are fast becoming disengaged, insensitive, self-centered, unsupportive and more nuclear.Our society is fast transforming from the communal African traditional characterized by being our brother’s keeper and the collective interest of all matters to a more secluded one. This is identified to be As a result of the influence of the western society.

The negative impact of social media where people/ users continuously showcased their fake lives have not helped the situation. The rate at which People troop to their Facebook, twitter, Instagram handles to display pictures and make comments that are not at par with their real situation is disturbing. This might be as an avenue to avoid depression, make themselves happy or for competitive advantage. Nevertheless, there are some people who see the way their old friends, classmates, course mates, family members and old neuighbours display affluence, wealth and happiness on these Media and they get carried away not knowing such are mere fake lives. They get frustrated thinking God has forsaken them and they would start asking questions why life has not been fair to them. Hence, they start thinking of a drastic move.

The above reasons makes it important therefore, and become very imperative to frontally address factors that are making our compatriots to languish in despair.
First and foremost, Government needs to fix the economy by putting in place necessary economic palliatives that will relieve Nigerians of the current hardship while it finds a permanent solution to the pervading economic recession in the nation. An enabling economic environment will give space and freedom for all to pursue their dreams and ultimately bring about a significant reduction in the rate of helplessness and hopelessness in the country.

Additionally, families, friends and relatives need to get back to the bases and review their response and approach to people in desperate situations and give the necessary support needed to surmount difficult times. They should show love and concern to loved ones, friends and family members, especially those that unusually withdrawn, moody, sad and irritable.

More importantly, victims should learn to recognise when depression has set in to their situation and should not hesitate to seek medical help for themselves. This will go a long way in preventing incidences of suicide. You could know this when you are tired and pissed off by everything around you and the thought of “end it all” starts finding its way to your sub consciousness.

Religious bodies and NGOs should also step up support programmes for families in financial, economic need and difficulty. Empowerment and entrepreneurial programmes should be set up for the jobless and unemployed while advocacy and sensitization should be done to erase misconceptions and stigmatization against people suffering from depression.

Also, suicide prevention efforts include limiting access to methods of suicide—such as firearms, drugs, and poisons; treating mental disorders and substance misuse; proper media reporting of suicide; and improving economic conditions. Even though crisis hotlines are common, there is little evidence for their effectiveness.

Perhaps, more importantly, all tiers of government must pay more attention to rising cases of mental health. The Lagos State Government recently adopted a policy that aims to respect the rights of residents with mental illness. The objective is to guarantee social justice and equity for victims of mental illness as well as ensuring that the rights of people suffering from mental disorders are respected. This has significantly reduced the cases of negative moves by residents.

Consumer News advise thus:
No matter how much pain you’re experiencing right now, you’re not alone. Some of the finest, most admired, needed, and talented people have been where you are now. Many of us have thought about taking our own lives when we’ve felt overwhelmed by depression and devoid of all hope. But the pain of depression can be treated and hope can be renewed. No matter what your situation, there are people who need you, places where you can make a difference, and experiences that can remind you that life is worth living. It takes real courage to face death and step back from the brink. You can use that courage to face life, to learn coping skills for overcoming depression, and for finding the strength to keep going.

1. Your emotions are not fixed – they are constantly changing. How you feel today may not be the same as how you felt yesterday or how you’ll feel tomorrow or next week.
2. Your absence would create grief and anguish in the lives of friends and loved ones.
3. There are many things you can still accomplish in your life.
4. There are sights, sounds, and experiences in life that have the ability to delight and lift you – and that you would miss.
5. Your ability to experience pleasurable emotions is equal to your ability to experience distressing emotions.
If you have sucidal thoughts and you are reading this right now, kindly drop that idea and get help. Kindly email for counseling and further assistance.

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