By Lukman Olabiyi, Lagos
As part of World Suicide Prevention Day commemoration activities, the Port Harcourt Omega Lions Club, in conjunction with the Save & Love Mental Health Initiative, organized an awareness campaign on Saturday to educate the general public about the death threat. suicidal.
World Suicide Prevention Day is celebrated every year around the world and this year’s theme is: “Creating Hope through Action”.
The groups distributed leaflets and also advised the public in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Saturday, September 20, the date set for the commemoration by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Speaking to the press at Oginigba Round, Port Harcourt Omega Lions Club President Temiyemi Ogunwolu said every suicide death is a public health issue with a profound impact on those around them.
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He said that, based on statistics provided by the WHO, “around 703,000 people commit suicide each year worldwide, and for every suicide there are probably another 20 people who attempt suicide and many more Others have serious suicidal thoughts Millions of people suffer intense grief or are otherwise deeply affected by suicidal behaviors.
Speaking on the Lions Club’s efforts on the issue, Ogunwolu said that every September 10 every year, the club joins other stakeholders in bringing attention to the issue, reducing stigma and raising awareness among organizations. , the government and the public, giving a singular message that suicide can be prevented.
He said one of the main ways that can be used to control deaths by suicide is through continuous education and counseling of people.
“This theme reminds us that there is an alternative to suicide and aims to inspire confidence and light in all of us,” he said.