The rate of suicide in Nigeria is very high. The highest rate in Africa. As at 2019, Nigeria had 12% rate. It has become a Public Health concern . https://allafrica.com/stories/201905210071.html Suicide is a deliberate act of taking your life. It is usually an attempt to escape from life. Attempted suicide is an unsuccessful effort in killing yourself.
There are very many reasons for the rise in Youth/Teenage suicide. Statistics show that more males commit suicide. Most suicides are instigated by disillusionment. Young people have lofty dreams of achievements. These dreams are crushed. Some of the immediate causes include:
Walter, suddenly became quiet and withdrawn. Unemployment weighed him down. His sick, widowed mother struggled to pay his fees. He had hoped to be her support. His fiancee breaks their engagement. She wanted a big wedding. Walter took to drinking to forget. Disillusioned and frustrated, he felt hopeless. Walter went job hunting in his friend’s office. He sent in his application letter. Walter went to the top most floor of the office building and jumped to his death. Walter was just 20. And the tears flowed.
Stella suffered from Sickle Cell Disease. This disease is a debilitating chronic disease. It leads to many complications. Sufferers experience extremely painful episodes. Stella had the very worst form of this blood disorder. Stella’s parents were in the middle of a divorce. Stella was deeply depressed. The pain was too much . One morning she did not wake up. Stella had died. Suicide was alleged. She had swallowed the entire bottle of her pain medication. Stella was just 18. And the tears flowed.
Angel And Angela were a set of twins. Their Mum worked in the Oil and Gas industry. She worked hard. Dad spent time at home with the girls. Angel and Angela ran away from home . They ran to their Aunty’s house . Both of them were pregnant. Mum and Aunty beat the hell out of the two girls. They vanished again and committed suicide. Dad was responsible for the pregnancies. They were just 17. And the tears flowed.
Ikem had been fighting drug addiction. He insisted the world was sinful. Ikem planned on going to heaven on a certain day. He told his Dad who did not take it serious. Ikem jumped into River Niger. He was a troubled youth of 20. And the tears flowed.
There are many more case studies. https://youth-journal.org/15-nigerian-students-reportedly-lost-to-suicide-cases-in-8-m
There are factors that make suicide possible. It is important to note . Some risk factors are:
Suicide is treatable. Mental Health Professionals can help. These are recommended.
https://www.healthline.com/health/suicide-and-suicidal-behavior#treatment More help is available .
Suicide is avoidable. Psychiatrists insist that suicide can be prevented. It can. The family has vital roles to play in the prevention. The community and the government. All stake holders must be responsible to make prevention successful. Some helping steps are:
Nigeria has a large population of youths. She needs this population to sustain an already ailing economy. Let’s kick suicide. Let’s save our youths. The youths are the future of any nation.