Every man is faced with two or more predicaments, the way one deal with these challenges is what makes one a rational individual. Although, suicide is not a remedy to the trauma of failure, hardship, lost love etc.
Suicide, or ending one’s own life, is a tragic event with strong emotional repercussions for survivors and for families of its victims. More than 45,00 people in the U.S. killed themselves in 2016, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, making it the 10th leading cause of death overall. Suicides also appear to be increasing across the country. The rate of suicide rose in 44 states between 1999 and 2016, with half of states reporting an increase of greater than 30 percent.
The incessant occurrence of suicide and mental health issues holds a considerable interest but yet little or no attention is given to this challenge. What then is the cause of this problem? What could be done to cut it short? Government and individual needs to come together to put and end to the horrendous suicide and the menace of mental health issues.
Undoubtedly, the menace of suicide is becoming a worrying reality. According to World Health Organization (WHO), Nigeria is ranked as the fifteenth country with the highest rate of suicide in the world and seventh in Africa. Within a week, young people are being reported to be taking their lives for reasons ranging from failure in examination, depression, financial problems, relationship issues down to mental illnesses. The country is in need of urgent need of redress to the intensity of suicide.
Causes of Suicide
Suicide is the act of intentionally causing one’s own death . 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 . Those who have previously attempted suicide are at a higher risk for future attempts.
Some possible prevention measures
With the causes identified, solutions can be proffered. Effective 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.
In the same way, Mental Health Policies, in 2013 launched the comprehensive mental health action plan, the plan implements strategies for promotion and prevention in mental health.
- Access to health care
- Restriction to access means of suicide
- Policies to reduce harmful use of alcohol
- Responsible media reporting such as: avoiding detailed descriptions of suicide acts, oversimplification, educating the public about suicide and available treatments.
- Raising awareness about mental health, substance use disorders and and suicide.
Summarily, we have come to the point when the road forward is interwoven with thick thread of frustration and disappointment, a point where life itself is complicated. Despite all these, you are not a failure until you accept to be a failure. Pick up your broken pieces, pick yourself up and tell life that I am a person of determination and perseverance. All your hardwork that results to failure does not mean you should resolve to suicide. Failure is not the end of the world. Suicide is a regret; forever gone, parent lost a child, colleague lost a friend, sibling lost a sister/brother, family lost a member, country lost a future leader and the world lost a treasure.
Suicide is not an option to end your life but a pain because you left before your gains.
© Olaosun Temitope
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