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.