By - Uduak Andrew-Bassey
Today represents/mark the World Mental Health Day, supported by the United Nations (UN), which is annually held on the 10 of October 2019 to raise public awareness about mental health issues worldwide. This year’s event is centered around the theme ‘’Suicide Prevention’’.
Life happens to us all and at times, things might get overwhelming. In moments like this, it’s totally fine to decide not to ‘perform’ happiness. It’s okay to take time off things. It’s okay to cry. It’s okay to decline the invitation to that ‘owambe’ because you need time alone. It’s okay if all you did for a day was breathe and most importantly, it’s okay to ask for help.
According to World Health Organization, “every 40 seconds, someone loses their life to suicide.” This is
outrageous! But really, why should anyone want to end his/her life; your thought right? I can tell you for free, this things do really happen. The truth is, for every reason you have to intentionally take you life, there are a one thousand and one reasons why you must live. However, SUICIDE is a REALITY. As a duty of care, you and I have a call to end this plague called suicide.
Why People Commit Suicide?
People commit suicide for various reasons. Notable amongst these reasons include but not limited to:
❖ Loss or Fear of Loss
❖ Post-traumatic situation
❖ Depression and Mental Illnesses
❖ Chronic Pain and Terminal Illnesses
Signs to look out for
❑ Expression of thoughts or feelings about wanting to end their life
❑ Talking about hopelessness or having no reasons to live
❑ Expression of feelings of isolation
❑ Loss of self esteem
❑ Talking too much about problems and not solutions
❑ Withdrawals from colleagues
❑ Decrease in work performance
❑ Difficulty in completing task
Together, we can
This World Mental Health Day, we would like to remind you that creating a healthy mind-set is an investment in your overall wellbeing. So take care of yourself and then pay attention to others around you because the thought of suicide is never instantaneous i.e. does not come suddenly; it creeps in gradually. You can sure be of help, that way; we can jointly end suicide.
Start by doing the following:
✓ Create time for your loved ones
✓ Visit friends and family
✓ Invite potentially suicidal people to games and fun gatherings
✓ Give financial lift and moral advise if you have the strength…WHAT OTHER SOLUTIONS DO YOU THINK OF?
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