SIKIRU OBARAYESE, Osogbo
A professor of Psychiatry at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Prof. Abiodun Adewuya, has declared that active communication between young people and their parents and other loved ones could greatly reduce the rate of suicide act.
He added that school managements could also help in reducing the menace by creating a veritable platform for interactions between the school authorities and students.
The varsity teacher explained that several psychological factors have been identified as causes of suicide act among adolescents, adding that effective communication between them and their loved ones reduces possibility of degenerating trauma which could lead to suicide.
Adewuya made this known on Saturday at the Redeemers’ University, Ede, Osun State, while speaking at a public lecture titled: “Working Together to Prevent Suicide in the University Community”.
The don disclosed that about 804,000 people in the world take their lives annually, while the rate of suicide in Nigeria is 100,000 every year. He said among these numbers, youths are mostly affected.
He, however, enjoined the Federal Government to come up with legislation and policy that would prohibit the sales of certain pesticides that ordinarily aid suicide act.
He said:” You can dissuade your students and children from depression by creating an active communication channel between you and them. Not everybody will want to go to the vice chancellor’s office or any labelled office because of being ashamed to speak on their personal lives to strangers.
“Constant calls or chats could go a long way to douse tension in young people and move them to speak out. This will indeed reduce the menace of suicide among young people, especially students of higher institutions of learning”.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Anthony Akinlo, said the recent rampant cases of suicide act was worrisome and must be stamped out in our society through concerted efforts by every stakeholder.
He maintained that every life is precious as a gift from God, which must be preciously protected.
“Life is a precious gift given by almighty God. As His creations, He has provided everything that we need to make it pleasant and pleasurable. If we are now living at a time when the value we attached to life is diminishing even among young ones, we should have serious reason to be worried “, the VC stated.
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