MENTAL HEALTH: 63.5 PER CENT OF YOUTHS AGED 20 TO 39 ARE HAVING THOUGHTS OF SUICIDE IN NIGERIA- REPORT

MENTAL HEALTH: 63.5 PER CENT OF YOUTHS AGED 20 TO 39 ARE HAVING THOUGHTS OF SUICIDE IN NIGERIA- REPORT

According to Dr. Irene Ofordile, a psychologist with the Anambra State Polytechnic, every Nigerian youths needs to be aware and embrace dialogue as a way of resolving their grievances and frustrations rather than take to violence or suicide. Ofordile noted that suicide was a major cause of premature deaths among youths.

Addressing newsmen on the alarming rates youths are taking their lives, Ofordile said the rate of suicide among Nigerian youths have skyrocketed.

Ofordile said according to a recent research by the Association of Psychiatrists of Nigeria (APN) and the Suicide Research and Prevention Initiative (SURPIN) indicated that about one-fifth of suicide cases occur among youths aged between 13 and 19.

“Also, the findings stated that about 63.5 per cent of youths aged 20 to 39 were having thoughts of suicide out of which 28.2 per cent of them were students. This calls for worry, especially for a country like Nigeria that has a relatively youthful population, and these youths are the major productive age group. To lose them to suicide has grave consequences for economic growth,” she said

Recently, a 12-year-old orphan was reported to have committed suicide in Agboala Ishiala Umudi autonomous community of Nkwerre council area, Imo State, following the death of his parents.

The boy, identified as Kasarachi Odurukwe, was until his death last Wednesday, a primary six pupil of Practicing School, Umudi. The Guardian gathered that the boy committed suicide by hanging himself on a rope tied to an Indian bamboo tree.

According to a villager who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the boy and his two younger siblings had lost their parents and had been living with their mother’s sister in the village. It was gathered that the deceased had been complaining about how boring the world had been to him since the death of his parents.The source told further told The Guardian that the boy would “jokingly tell his mates that he wants to die and meet his mother and father in heaven”.It was gathered that on a fateful day, Kasarachi had led his two siblings and two other children to a nearby stream to fetch water. On arrival at the stream, Kasarachi was said to have assisted the other children to fill their jerrycans while he used a long stick to check the depth of the stream.The sources said: “Having not been satisfied with the shallow depth of the water, the deceased took a rope and tied it up to a bamboo tree.

His first two attempts at killing himself failed while the other children were begging him to stop.It was at the third attempt that on a stronger Indian bamboo tree, the rope strangled him to death. That action jolted the other kids, who ran back to the village to report the incident to the family and village elders.”

When the elders quickly thronged the scene, they called in the police who assisted in bringing down the body and deposited the same to the mortuary. It was further gathered that one of the things found on the deceased were four batteries, which some villagers said he might have intended to drink as poison.

 

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