• 07/07/2022

Poverty, Depression And Societal Pressure Identified as Main Causes Of Suicide

ByDala News

Jun 19, 2022

Mental health experts have identified societal pressure, among others, as a major cause of suicide in Nigeria.

They urged members of society to be kinder to persons showing signs of depression and other mental illnesses so as not to lead them to suicide.

The World Health Organisation had revealed that Nigeria has the highest suicidal rate among African countries with over 17, 000 lives lost to suicide in a year.

In a new report that estimated the cases of suicide globally, WHO noted that across the world, one person takes their life every 40 seconds.

Investigations have shown that there has been an upsurge in suicide, especially among young people in the last 24 months. Reports reviewed by Sunday PUNCH showed that no fewer than 74 persons died by suicide within the period under review.

Reacting, a senior lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State, Dr Johnbosco Chukworji, said the economic situation in the country has pushed a lot of youths below the poverty line.

According to him, this has made many youths confused and depressed, noting that these feelings may culminate in suicidal thoughts if not handled properly.

Source: Punch

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