Welcome to another edition of TrendExpress With Theolar and today we going to be diving into the rising cases of SUICIDE in our country, Nigeria.
Once upon a time, suicide was a taboo in Nigeria. It was known to be a ‘White Man Syndrome’. Every Nigerian grew to embrace the sayings “When there is Life, There’s Hope”. This common proverb has become a mirage, as some readily end their lives when the situation seem hopeless. Suicide is a global phenomenon. It is one of the most recent issue facing the nation.
Multiple report of suicide cases has been making waves on our news headlines and dailies. Hardly a week goes by without a suicide or suicidal attempt report .These baffling development may be caused by many factors, and such factors play a role in influencing this decision.
On 3rd January 2019, Popular DJ, known as DJ Xgee, allegedly took his life by gulping an insecticide, ‘Sniper’ after an unresolved marital crises with his wife.
Prior to that, a 300 level student of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State, committed suicide in her hostel after leaving behind a suicide note which seemed to suggest she led a troubled life.
A week ago, on 20th May 2019, A 300-level medical student of Niger Delta University drowned himself over poor academic performance.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), an estimated 800,000 people die by suicide annually and Nigeria now ranks among the top suicide prone countries. According to the World Population Review, Nigeria, with a crude suicide rate of 9.5 per 100, 000 population ranks 10th in Africa and 67th in the world.
Webster defines Suicide as “the act or an instance of taking one’s own life voluntarily and intentionally.” It is also an act of intentionally causing one’s own. Almost everyone experiences suicidal thoughts at one point or another throughout their existence. It could be as a result of emotional Disturbance including depression and other mental illnesses. In fact, more than 90% of suicide are related to emotional and psychiatric illnesses.
Suicidal thoughts may cross people’s minds in times of crises. Unemployment, financial problems, emotional trauma, guilt feelings, death of loved ones, serious physical illness and poor academic performance may result into suicidal behaviours. Suicide leaves a legacy of pain, guilt, hurt and long-term questions of “WHY” in families. These questions are however left unanswered, as some families lives with the pain for a long period while some families however, accept to fate and move on.
Since most cases of suicide are related to depression, emotional or Psychiatric illnesses. Government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), individuals (families & friends), and the society at large should wake up to the realization that Mental health issues are tantamount to physical health issues as they kill even faster. Depression and other forms of mental disorder needs adequate attention, as the rising suicide trend can be reduced if the country gives priority to tackling the highly preventable ailments.
Mental health policy should be implemented in Nigeria. NGOs and health agencies should help individuals developing such condition before it reaches the extreme consequence of suicide. Families and friends should also consistently check on their siblings/pals to be sure of their mental state. Evey individual should embrace HOPE and leave the ROPE.