ASABA-The National President, Association of Southern Nigerian Students (ASONIS), Comrade Elijah Edeh has said that humans should imbibe the culture of given positive encougement and Support capable of avoiding the menace in the Society, that the suicidal persons are victims because of the activities of human errors.
Comrade Elijah made this assertion yesterday in Asaba, Delta State Capital, while addressing Newsmen on the imperatives of World Suicide Day Celebration.
The Student Unionist stated that suicide is a major public health problem and a leading cause of death in many countries, while citing instances on the high rate of the menace.
In his words: “Close to 800 000 people die due to suicide every year, which is one person per 40 seconds, Suicide prevention starts with recognizing the warning signs and taking them seriously”.
“Major warning signs for suicide include talking about killing or harming oneself, talking or writing a lot about death or dying, and seeking out things that could be used in a suicide attempt, such as weapons and drugs”.
“These signals are even more dangerous if the person has a mood disorder such as depression or bipolar disorder, suffers from alcohol dependence, has previously attempted suicide, or has a family history of suicide”.
“The causes is unknown but risk factors may include major psychiatric illness – in particular, mood disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia substance abuse, primarily alcohol abuse, family history of suicide, Long term difficulties with relationships with friends and family and so on”.
The Student Leader, who therefore urged the Society not to blame the victims, k knowing that no one will decide to end his her life but in a serious note is something complicated, and most importantly human beings also contribute to suicide or even the major causes of suicide.
He argued further that we tend to neglect people who have problem around us, that a suicidal person may not ask for help, but that doesn’t mean that he or she isn’t in need of it.
“People who take their lives don’t want to die—they just want to stop hurting. Some people just need our word of encouragement for them to move on. Let us always encourage and support people that have problem around us not always in cash but in kind as well”, he counseled the society.
By Victor Bieni