Suicide: Experts Call for Increased Mental Health Education


Public Health experts have called for increased awareness and education on mental health to help cut down on rising cases of depression and suicide in the country.

They made the call while speaking across various platforms on suicide cases, which lately, is becoming a trend in Nigeria.

To Avon Medical Practice Practitioner and a global health advocate , Dr. Chinomso Egemba, depression is a medical condition, a psychological state of unhappiness or low morale, which lasts longer than several weeks. It may include ideation of self-inflicted injury or in extreme case, suicide. She said that depression is major cause of suicide.

From the medical perspective, he explained that depression is usually caused by a decrease in the level of serotonin, a chemical in the brain, which serves as a contributor to feelings of well-being, and happiness in human.

She expressed belief that an increased awareness and education from both government and the…

Source: Thisday Newspaper