Did you know that every year more than 700,000 people commit suicide globally ?
The world health organization outlines suicide as the fourth leading cause of death- especially among teenagers between the ages of 15 to19 years. Every day, someone attempts to commit suicide. That person could be someone you know, Suicide in Africa brings a lot of stigmatization. How worse was the situation? Why are young people so weak nowadays? Are some common social phrases people use when commenting on suicide.
People commit suicide for different reasons, however, there has been a link between suicide and specific mental disorders such as- depression.
For this reason, and since the Covid 19 pandemic, conversations around mental health is taking over the society- in schools, churches, work places and even at home. Thanks to this realization, people with mental disorders can now get the support they need. Suicide has now become a public health priority in many countries. Governments are putting in place measures and strategies to cub it. Organizations are changing their policies to reflect the reality.
According to statistics, 77% of global suicides occur in low- and middle-income countries. Factors such as high cost of living, relationships breakups, illnesses, domestic violence and loss have led to stress and eventually, suicide.
However, suicide can be prevented.
Early diagnoses can save lives. Symptoms to watch out for include:
- Talking about death: When one loses hope, they can easily see death as an easy way out.
- Isolation and Social withdrawal: Prolonged separation from social life is often a sign of suicide that should not be undermined.
- Substance abuse: Excessive use of substance such as alcohol, heroine, bhang and many more.
- Disposal of personal properties: While giving is a generous act, when it is done in unusual way should raise alarm.
World suicide prevention day is observed on 10th of September every year to reduce stigma and raise awareness around suicide prevention.
The 2022 World Suicide Prevention Day theme is “Creating Hope Through Action.” It focuses on creating a movement of preventative actions; recognize the impact of suicide and share resources and supports for those who are struggling.
Taking a proactive action towards suicide is the only way to save lives. Seeking help when you or someone you know is showcasing red alert symptoms could go a long way in protecting lives.
At Transolution Services, we provide psychotherapy to support you and help you change your perspectives. If you or someone you know is suicidal, get help. Contact us today. “Suicide does not take away the pain, it passes it to someone else.”- Unknown
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