THE HUB TALK

Suicide Prevention- Let’s Stop this Madness

World Sucide Prevention Day-September 10th

So Ladies and gentlemen/ Effulgents, today’s HUB TALK will be divided into three sub-topics.

1. What is Suicide and what are the causes of suicide?

2. Who is at risk?

3. What are the Preventive measures?

World Suicide Prevention Day is observed on 10th of September every year. It’s a day set out to raise not only awareness on suicide but also, to prevent people and their loved ones from committing suicide.

WHAT IS SUICIDE?

Simply put, suicide is the act of deliberating on killing one’s self. 

There are so many factors responsible for suicide and it’s not only limited to when life takes a heavy toll on you as widely propagated. Although that has been the rising cause of suicide lately, it is imperative we incorporate other probable causes of suicide to arm ourselves at best.

SO WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF SUICIDE?

1. MENTAL DISORDER

There is a vast array of mental disorders today and intriguingly, one does not have to be naked running around in the market and looking for a roasted corn to snatch before you realise he or she is down with a mental ailment.

As a matter of fact, you’ll be surprised to learn that a lot of us who posits to be healthy are down with one mental hitch or the other. It is not until a little tramautic experience hits, before you realise how incapable you are in handling a lot of situation life throws at you.

Yes life situations, can create imbalance

So Some of these mental disorders include but are not limited to;

-Depression.

-Anxiety disorders.

-Personality disorders.

-Bipolar disorders.

2. PHYSICAL DISORDERS

There is a thick link between physical disorder and mental disorder. For example a person who suffered a physical trauma, probably an accident, that left him or her debilitated or worst off, incapacitated might be exposed to mental torture and pressure. At that moment asides pain, a whole web of thoughts and memories infiltrates the mind pulling down the victim further.

Other physical disorders include but are not limited to:

-Chronic fatigue syndrome. Also known as extreme tiredness.

-Substance abuse including alcohol. 

-Substance withdrawal including alcohol.

3. STRESS!!!

Which is probably the leading cause. Stress simply put, is a feeling of emotional or physical tension.It can come from any event or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry or nervous.And so in relation to suicide, It could be finance related, academics, sickness, relationship, lack of growth, e.t.c.

WHO IS AT MOST RISK?

1. Someone with a previous suicide attempt. I tagged it number 1 because it is by far the strongest risk factor for suicide. Quite easy for a victim to relapse.

2. A set of people who are prone to committing suicide are those experiencing conflict, disaster, violence or abuse.

3. Another set of people susceptible are those who have a sense of isolation. I will come back to this.

4. Suicide rates are also high amongst vulnerable groups who experience discrimination, such as refugees and migrants; indigenous peoples; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) persons; and prisoners.

Its a mental disorder (although people don’t like to categorize it as such) responsible for a good number of suicide cases. Inability to face life situations can be multifactorial.

-Personality.

-Fatigue and totally being uninspired.

-Environment.

-Values.

Thanks for reading …Part 2 coming soon.

What ways do you suggest we can prevent sucide? Let us know in the comment section.

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Anchored by Obiefule Nnamdi Francis

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5 thoughts on “Suicide Prevention- Let’s Stop this Madness”

  1. Fantastic and needed post. I can see the effort and time that went into this post, Thank you. I think the organization and separation in this post makes it easy to read and focus on areas of interest.

    My suggestion would be to make it into three or even four posts as people seem to skim and not digest longer posts. In each post you could let the reader know the next post topic, and when you would publish it.

    Liked by 1 person

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