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Breakdown in the ability to deal with life stresses, economic hardship, relationship break-ups and mental health are among the factors speeding upsuicidal cases in Nigerians at the moment.
“Nigeria ranks 71 out of 177 countries accounting for 9.9 suicides per 100,000 populations of deaths annually”, according to data from the 2018 global Suicide rate report by World population review.
Nigeria however, has a disturbing picture to offer. The suicide rates in the country have increased over the last couple of years.
Health experts say that until Nigeria is able to enact the mental health bill, the country might not be able to properly tackle the depression scourge which is one of the reasons for suicide.
Suicide occurs throughout the world, affecting individuals of all nations, cultures, religions, genders and classes. Statistics show that the countries with the highest suicide rates in the world are incredibly diverse.
Owoeye Olugbenga a consultant psychologist and clinical psychologist at Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital Yaba, Lagos, said the criminalisation of suicide was predicated on the Lunacy Law made by colonial leaders.
“Our lawmakers should review the Mental Health Law in line with what obtains in other countries, especially developed nations. The bill is already with the Senate. They should make provision for the treatment of those who attempt suicide rather than get them arrested.
“As the law is being repealed, the government should also fund the psychiatry hospitals. There are fewer than 500 psychiatrists nationwide to take care of 180 million people. We even have fewer clinical psychologists and psychiatrist nurses. These are not enough to take care of the psychiatry need of the nation,” Olugbenga says.
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