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SHI tackles suicide, depression in Nigeria

A non-governmental organisation, Safe Habitat Initiative, said on Monday it had begun tackling the rising cases of suicide and depression among young people in Nigeria.

The Executive Director of the group, Taribo Joseph, stated this in Port Harcourt on Sunday during its annual event tagged ‘The Love Party.’

Joseph said, “One of the challenges we have is that as a community and society, we are no longer creating connections among ourselves; that is why we are advocating getting back to the point where we can be a family again.

“We are saying everyone facing one challenge or the other should look for someone that they can trust, that can be part of your support system and share some of the challenges.

“So, when you are asked; how are you? Tell them you are not okay when you are not. If you speak out, there are great chances you will not be caught in the trap of depression and suicide. By speaking out, we know we have started the journey to solving our problems.”

A neuropsychiatric consultant at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Dr Francis Adikwu, who also spoke at the event, said society had imbibed western culture through the social media, describing it as one the contributors to the rising cases of depression and suicide in the country.

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