Nigeria records 46 suicide cases in six months

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A professor of neuropsychiatry, Richard Uwakwe, says suicide cases across the country can be stemmed if early signs of mental disorders are noticed and addressed.

Speaking at the 2nd Public Lecture organized by Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) College of Medicine titled, ‘Alarming Rate of Suicide: The underlying factors and issues’, the guest lecturer noted that though suicide is a complex issue that cannot be traced to a particular factor, 90% of suicide cases have been traced to mental disorders.

He noted that complex factors that predispose one to suicide thoughts and actions include environmental, physiological, social, cultural, genetic and legal factors. Uwakwe said suicide incidences could be avoided if the inequality in the society is addressed among other things.

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