The Nigerian youth hitherto had been looked upon as a bastion of hope, seen as a leader of tomorrow and at best -the nation’s pride. Parents went extra length in providing and training their wards and saw it as a worthwhile investment and are willing to stake their last dime for rewards of a better tomorrow.
All of these expectations have been blighted with the recent once too many incidences of suicides carried out by youths in their prime. This has continued unabated and if nothing is done to checkmate this ugly trend, then we are in for more tales of woe.
Based on statistics, on 29th July 2019, Spectator Index published a World Health Organization Journal, placing Nigeria fifth with 15,000 suicide in every 100,000 suicides. A rather disturbing numbers that must be reversed at all cost.
Coming back home, the picture is indeed grim.
Sometime in May 2019, The case of a 300 level Medical student from Niger Delta University (Uzaka Ebiweni)-reportedly dived into Amassoma river and drowned because he was among the 22 students shortlisted to be withdrawn for failing the first MB exams
May 15, 2019, a 22-year-old Chukwuemeka Akachi a final year English and Literary student of UNN finally succeeded in killing himself after drinking two bottles of ‘sniper’. Although his case was that of someone battling with mental illness.
The last was not heard as regards suicide as 17 year old Amos Ibrahim in Jos, Plateau state chose sniper on May 14th, his reason was based on the frustration that he failed 2019 UTME.
On the same date, Kenile Nwabuzor took her own life owing to a toxic relationship with her boyfriend.
Olaitan Gbadamosi, 18, went the ways of the others.. A 100 UNIPORT undergraduate, her suicide note revealed she was fighting bouts of depression.
May 13 in Ogun state a suicide was foiled as Segun could not cope with the frustration for repeatedly failing UTME.
These reported suicide cases seem to have a similar thread running through them namely depression and its attendant cousins as causatives to include;
- Terminal diseases(mental illness etc)
- Absence of societal core values(worship of money/material, undue hype of paper qualification, loss of sense of shame, absence of dignity of labour)
- Depression; a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest-could be expressed through any of the below mentioned;
- Abuse-past physical, sexual or emotional abuse
- Use of certain medications-also check or research into side effects
- Conflict-Personal conflicts or disputes with family members or friends
- Death or loss
- Genetics-a family history of depression may increase the risk
- Personal problems e,g social isolation due to mental illness or cast out of a family or social group can contribute to the risk of developing depression
- Substance abuse-even if the drugs or alcohol gives a temporary feel, they ultimately aggravate depression.