How suicide can be prevented — Minister


Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Prof Muhammad Pate, said economic support, access to mental health and an environment devoid of lethal materials can prevent suicide.

Pate, represented by Director of Neglected Tropical Diseases at Federal Ministry of Health, Adebayo Peters, stated this at a briefing to mark World Suicide Prevention Day.

The Minister also stressed the place of creating the right environment for peer and community engagement, as well as teaching people coping and problem-solving skills in suicide reduction.

He added that risk factors for suicide include mental disorders, undiagnosed mental health problems, alcohol, and substance abuse, isolation, significant events, such as loss of loved ones, unemployment, and access to means of suicide, etc.

Part of his word, “There is nothing good about suicide. For every suicide, the consequences extend beyond loss of life to families and communities affected by that loss. Many who lost loved ones to suicide never recovered from the devastating effect. It is imperative stakeholders should do all that is possible to prevent suicide.”

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