Available statistics indicate that 6.6 percent of every 1,000 individuals committed suicide in Ghana in 2020.
Also, four out of five suicides could have been prevented if help had been sought, said Dr. Ebenezer Tetteh Kpalam, a clinical psychologist.
dr. Kpalam therefore stressed the need for stakeholders to reach out to those who are considering committing suicide as they show evidence of the intention to commit suicide.
He said suicide is also common worldwide, as the World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed that about 703,000 people die from suicide each year.
“Some of the warning signs everyone should look out for in people include those who start talking about suicide and death with examples like, ‘I wish I hadn’t been born; I wish I was dead; Among other things, I want to commit suicide,” said Dr. Kpalam to the Ghana News Agency in an interview in Tema on the occasion of the World Suicide Prevention Day.
The clinical psychologist added that such individuals ask many questions about death and what can lead to it, adding that some also throw away their valuables for no reason and engage in risky behaviors such as driving recklessly and crossing the road without caution, among other things.
He added that other warning signs include excessive drug and alcohol intake, mood swings and withdrawal, adding that in most cases, individuals with suicidal thoughts say something about it to someone before performing the act.
dr. Kpalam urged the public to encourage such individuals to seek help from professionals from the Ghana Mental Health Authority, the Ghana Psychological Council, public hospitals, psychiatric hospitals and counseling units of religious agencies as they also have ties with the professionals.
He advised the public not to judge or question the beliefs of those who confided their suicidal thoughts to them, but rather to provide them with the necessary help to prevent them from committing the act.
According to Dr. Kpalam are some of the reasons people consider suicide over life, the lack of support, because people are in a difficult situation without being able to ask for help anywhere.
Other factors, he said, lead to depression, abandonment, embarrassment and reputation management, which he says is now a major problem due to the rise of social media that people use to shame others. circulation of, among other things, sex videos.
dr. Kpalam said existential struggles were related to the stresses of everyday life, including economic problems, health problems, social problems and unemployment.
He said people should pay attention and identify such tendencies in their loved ones to help them get the attention they need and avoid committing the act.