Tv Anchor and reporter, Mary Chinda, has identified societal pressure and disconnect with God, as the reason for increased depression/suicide rate.
Some experts have called on attention to the staggering cases of suicide and depression across Nigeria, this is against the backdrop of Nigeria been mentioned the 5th in the list of countries with the highest level of suicide cases after South Korea, Russia, India and Japan.
This call was at the Dealing with Depression and Suicidal Thoughts conference in Lagos, convened by Tv Anchor and reporter, Mary Chinda, to mark her birthday this Tuesday.
Societal pressure, personal targets, financial pressure and the emptiness caused by the lack of connection with God are top on the list of the causes of depression, the Tv reporter identified during the panel discussion which had Nollywood actor, Bimbo Akintola and child sexual abuse survivor, Anthonia Ojenagbon.
According to the Port Harcourt- born journalist, available statistics show one person dies by suicide every 40 seconds.
‘Depression is not a whiteman’s ailment as we were raised to think. It’s sad to know that at least 800,000 persons die by suicide each year.Depression that is not well managed leads to suicide. If we as individuals do more to accept that people get depressed, we could curb the increase in suicides.
Beyond the peripheral pleasantries we exchange with friend, colleagues and loved ones, we must learn to go beyond to lovingly find out how people are faring’ she said.
Explaining why she chose to host such a conference on her big day rather than put up a birthday party, Miss Chinda said
‘ This is what The Lord (God) would have me do right now. Someone has to stand up and own this dealing with depression/suicide campaign. Moreso, the increased suicide cases in Lagos breaks my heart.
The recent Port Harcourt case of the man who killed his four children and committed suicide last week is a equally disturbing.
Suicide is never an option, it is not the first option, it is not the second and certainly not the last option.’
Also speaking Actress Bimbo Akintola, depression is a mental health challenge that government and citizens must pay attention to.
‘When depression is not managed it lead to suicide. People should be open to seek help from agencies/organisations that are available.’ she said.
Child sexual abuse survivor, Anthonia Ojenagbon while sharing her story on attempting suicide, was quick to not that no one is immune to being depressed or having suicidal thoughts. She recommended clinical therapy, medications and getting social support as ways to manage depression.