The President of the Rotary Club of Abuja Maitama, Rtn. Ijeoma Joyce Agwu has called on Nigerians to prioritize mental health to combat the rising incidence of suicide.
Agwu made this plea during a campaign to mark the 2023 World Suicide Prevention Day at Jabi Lake Park, Abuja.
She emphasized that suicide is a global issue affecting people across different cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Agwu urged Nigerians to be advocates for mental well-being and to support those who are vulnerable.
The Chairperson of the Mental Health Committee of the club, Rtn Hasiya Adamu-Biu, cited alarming global suicide rates.
According to the World Health Organization, suicide occurs every 40 seconds, highlighting the urgent need for awareness and prevention.
The call to action by Rtn. Ijeoma Joyce Agwu is a timely reminder of Nigeria’s urgent need to address mental health issues.
The rising rates of suicide are not just alarming statistics; they are a cry for help that cannot be ignored.
Mental health is often stigmatized and overlooked, especially in developing countries like Nigeria. This needs to change.
The government, healthcare providers, and the community must create a supportive environment.
Immediate action is required. Public awareness campaigns, educational programmes, and community outreaches are essential.
These initiatives should destigmatize mental health issues and encourage people to seek help.
Did You Know?
- According to the World Health Organization, close to 800,000 people die due to suicide every year.
- Mental health disorders are among the leading causes of ill health and disability worldwide.
- Nigeria has one of the highest rates of depression in Africa, according to a report by the World Health Organization.
- “Mental health” was not formally recognized until the early 20th century.
- The term “stigma” comes from the Greek word “stizein,” which means to mark or brand, often used when marking slaves or criminals.