Over the past few years, suicide has increasingly become a recurring decimal among the youths, particularly students across Nigeria tertiary institutions. It is believed that the horrible act among students is occasioned by depression, embarrassment, frustration, poor academic performance, and many more. Despite several preventive measures taken by authorities at different levels, it is evident that some have surrendered to be a pushover for suicide.
The University of Ilorin community was once again shaken by the report of an attempted suicide a few weeks ago, and it is because of this that the Faculty of Arts Students’ Association, FASA, has held a sensitization webinar.
In his opinion, the guest speaker, Mr. Dickson Ndzi, believes lack of purpose is the chief rationale behind people committing suicide, adding that other well-known factors accompany it.
Ndzi, a master student in Public Health at the university of Aberdeen, Scotland, who is working for the Danish Refugee Council, Cameroon, emphasized that one could be depressed but when there is a sense of purpose; ‘when you know why you were born, many things that happen to you would just be a distraction.’
“Depression is a serious and important issue on college campuses across the country. College students are susceptible to depression due to potential factors such as stress with school, work, etc, away from friends and family,” he said.
“You notice that most people who commit suicide always leave behind a short note telling people they have no reason to live for again. The reason for man’s existence is about his purpose.
“The symptoms of depression can cause it to be difficult to function in day-to-day life. As it becomes increasingly unmanageable, students may even begin to feel suicidal. Feeling suicidal needs to be addressed right away.
“The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that suicide is the second leading cause of death for individuals aged 15-34. Anyone who is feeling suicidal needs to know that this is a serious symptom of depression. You are not alone and you do not need to cope with suicidal feelings alone.
“One of the mistakes that most suicide victims made is that they tried to handle it by themselves when they started having this suicidal feeling. I think that is not the approach. They should talk to trusted people who can give psychological first aid.
“Additionally, research has shown that the relationship between the therapist and client is central to positive change in therapy. If you have been to therapy before and didn’t find it helpful, don’t assume that it can’t ever be helpful; it may be that the therapist was not a good fit for you.”
Shortly after the webinar, FASA President, Damilare Jamiu Kanyinsola, told UCJ during an interview that a suicide report took over the calm atmosphere two weeks ago when results —which projected mass failure— were being released.
He said: “It was a big deal that I raised the alarm across other faculties and also message the SU President, Omoluabi, and the League of Faculty Presidents. As it stands, after lots of discussion around the Faculty groups, we’ve concluded on adding mental awareness program in our Orientation week programs.
“It is a serious issue and series of mail have been received requesting that my administration should create a forum for experts on this field to come and discuss these issues, and a physical campaign around and across the departments and faculties.”