2019 World Suicide Prevention (Photos): Experts Calls For More Advocacy
“Ninety per cent of cases of suicide occurs as a result of mental disorder; it is as a result of depression.
“There are some personality in certain individual; things happen to us from time to time and our ability to cope or deal with it is one of the reasons or determine who is able to overcome.
“We need to understand why people are committing suicide.
“We need to understand the gender that commits it more, and what were the reasons, relationship, mental disorder and that is what we have been able to analyse in our research.
“We have done a lot of collaborations with organisations like NAFDAC, much more that we can do to curtail suicide in Nigeria.
“There is also something called resilient which simply means that everybody knows that I can bounce back from whatever it is that comes my way,’’ Ogunsola said.
The consultant psychiatrist said many people were going through some adversities or sorts.
She said: “It is not the end of the world for them, but if people are equipped with the right idea, they will overcome.
“This is because mental disorder is a factor in our environment, people tend to stigmatise patients by defining it in mysterious ways.’’
She said that aside mental disorder, relationship break up, economic hardship, unemployment and financial issues were some other reasons why people commit suicide.
Consequently, Suicide Research and Prevention Initiative (SURPIN), an initiative of LUTH, was established due to the increasing rate of suicide that has become worrisome.
The expert said SURPIN had identified some reasons why people commit suicide, which gender was committing it more and had understanding that there must be a unique problem that made people to commit suicide.
She, therefore, advised that whatever challenge humans faced in life, suicide should not the last option.
SURPIN would continue to embark on more researches, trainings of stakeholders, funding opportunity through grants, skill acquisition, among others as way forward to curb the menace of suicide.
SURPIN was currently operating across 24 states in 51 institutions, both in public and private.
She said that SURPIN had done a lot of advocacy on mental disorder, particularly depression and child abuse which were some of the identifying factors leading to suicide.