The president of the Rotary Club of Abuja Maitama, Rtn. Ijeoma Joyce Agwu, yesterday asked Nigerians to pay attention to their mental health to prevent the increasing rate of suicide in the country.
She also pleaded with Nigerians to lend a hand to those with emotional challenges.
Agwu, who gave the advice at the club’s campaign to mark the 2023 World Suicide Prevention Day at the Jabi Lake Park Abuja, said suicide can reduce drastically in the country if individuals feel safe and supported.
She said, “We gathered here not only to raise awareness about the critical issue of suicide prevention but also to create hope through our actions.
“Suicide is a global concern that affects individuals, families, and communities, transcending borders, cultures, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
“It is a tragedy that leaves behind immeasurable pain and loss.”
She urged Nigerians to pay attention to their mental health and those they live or work with.
She said, “Let us be advocates for change, let us work towards a society that values mental well-being and let us support those who are vulnerable.”
“On this World Suicide Prevention Day which is commemorated on the 10th of September every year all over the world and which is a focal point this Rotary year with the theme: “Create Hope in the World”, we reaffirm our dedication to this cause.
On her part, the chairperson of the Mental Health Committee of the club, Rtn. Hasiya Adamu-Biu, said the global suicide rate was alarming.