More Nigerian Youths Are Committing Suicide- Reps Lament

More Nigerian Youths Are Committing Suicide- Reps Lament

The Federal House of Representatives in Abuja has lamented on the increasing number of suicides in the country.

According to DAILY TRUST, the House of Representatives has asked the federal ministry of health to devise a national strategy to handle the underlying mental health factors which have led to the increased number of suicide cases in the country. Information Guide Nigeria

DAILY TRUST reports that this motion was moved for adoption by the member representing Nassarawa*(APC),   Jonathan Gaza Gbefwi during the plenary on Thursday.

Speaking, Gbefwi stated that the number of suicide cases especially among youths between the ages of 15-29 years have increased.

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As reported by DAILY POST, Gbefwi said, “According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), suicides and attempted suicide cases recorded in the 36 states of the Federation, including the FCT, were 333 and 196 respectively as of 2017, while other reports show that about 80 persons ended their lives between April 8, 2017, and May 12, 2019.” Jamb Result

Gbefwi listed some of the factors responsible for the increase in suicide cases to include, anxiety disorders, socio-economic factors that are contributing largely to mental illness like depression, and others, which he said are on the increase and are the leading causes of suicide in Nigeria.

Gbefwi added, “The only form of legislation on mental health is the Lunacy Ordinance enacted in 1916 that assumed the status of law in 1958.”

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Idongesit Akpa-Ayang

Idongesit is a graduate of Communication Arts, University of Uyo. Currently working as a news reporter at InfoGuide Nigeria.

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