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Statistics double

Mere Naleba
Friday, June 13, 2014

SUICIDE statistics have doubled for the past two years and members of the public need to know that there is help readily available at most times.

A suicide prevention workshop organised by the Youth Champs for Mental Health supported by the Ministry of Health revealed that for last year there were 237 suicide cases of which 35 people were under the age of 16.

For the first six months of 1012, there were 59 suicide cases and 65 attempted cases.

The workshop titled cry for help — suicide prevention training for trainers will enable youth leaders to offer help and also be able to recognise symptoms of someone who is suicidal.

"The outcome of this workshop is to see that the 22 young leaders who are participants of this workshop be able to disseminate information on proper ways to address suicide in the community," training facilitator Lionel Rogers said.

"This training is also to educate and train our youth trainers effective ways of administering peer support in their own communities."

Mr Rogers said with the alarming numbers of suicide over the past two years, and with youths making up the majority of the suicide cases, there was a need to educate youth leaders and to include them in activities where they could offer help.

The workshop identified the need for people to break the silence on the issue of suicide in their communities.

"Young people can identify people they trust or service providers they could work with or trust to assist them with the stresses and struggles they face," he said.

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