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Mental health, though not often talked about, is as important as any other aspect of wellness. Statistics holds that about 30% of Nigerians are mentally ill. Of this number battling with the sickness, many have doused the effect in drug use, alcoholism, aggression and sometimes terminally in suicide.

More than any other time before, it has become relevant to observe the international day for mental health.  The 2019 edition of World mental health day focuses on suicide. We seek to unify voices, helping those who feel hopeless by empowering them to take action and create lasting change in mental health.

Apart from the symptoms mentioned earlier, people who experience a stressful life event may feel intense sadness or loss, anxiety, anger, or even hopelessness and may occasionally have the thought that they would be better be better off dead. While society generally agree that suicide is not the answer to the mentally ill, a by-stander approach on the matter should include a quick notice on warning signs likes: giving away possessions, lack of energy, not caring about activities that used to matter, talking about suicide as a way out and so on. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) if any one notices someone with any of the above signs, it is vital to keep specialist informed.

Youth Alive Foundation is persistent with creating a society in which youths will have equal opportunities to their fundamental human right with the right to good mental health inclusive. When youths from across Nigeria and the world join hands to secure such rights, then action can taken for effective suicide prevention.


Wisdom Hanson is the Digital Media Coordinator at Youth Alive Foundation. As a passion driven individual, he is experienced in Strategic program communications using digital tools and has worked in a number of projects ranging from Agriculture, Education and Technology. He is currently working on a DFID funded project and communicates behavioral change.