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15 suicide cases in 5 months

2008-06-16 22:03:27
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Fifteen suicide cases were recorded at the Navrongo Hospital in the Kassena Nankana district in the past five months.

Most of the victims are below 30 years and the mode of suicide was through taking of poison.

The causes for their action were said to be depression and frustration.

The community psychiatric nurse in charge of the psychiatric unit of the hospital, Mr Sobsar Tawele, disclosed this at a seminar on the youth and mental illness organised for the youth.

He noted with concern that, mental problems among the youth are increasing and called on parents and guardians to watch out for symptoms of depression, frustrations, abuse of drugs and alcohol in their wards and seek medical attention as soon as the signs were detected.

Mr Tawele noted that young people easily get impatient and frustrated when things do not move according to their wishes and so felt that death would solve their problems.

He said good counsel "can do wonders to those on the verge of suicide" and urged parents and the elderly not to overlook abnormal behaviour in young persons close to them, but pay attention and seek medical help when necessary.

An educationist, Mrs Rose Avonsige, who chaired the seminar, appealed to municipal and district assemblies in the region to support NGOs and other stakeholders working to reduce mental illness in the society.

She said targeting young persons in schools with messages of the causes of mental illness and the need to avoid such acts, was one of the best ways of saving the youth from the problem.

One of the participants, Simon Asampana, popularly called Jesus, who is a mental patient, after listening to speeches about the high rate of mental illness among the youth, asked what the government was doing to help the youth from getting mentally ill and unproductive.

The seminar was organised by Alliance for Mental Health and Development, a group of 15 groups that have come together to help fight mental illness.

Ghanaian Times

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