SOW&G Foundation Leads Conversation on Prevention of Teenage Suicide
According to World Health Organization, over 700,000 people die due to suicide every year and it is the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year olds globally.
Worried by the increasing cases of suicide among Nigerian youths, the Save Our Women and Girls (SOW&G) Foundation decided to bring together stakeholders in the health and education sector to discuss ways of curbing the menace.
The event, which was part of activities marking this year’s International Day of the Family, held on 24th May, 2018 and also featured a workshop on how stay at home mothers and other women can earn an income from home and make a successful career from their passion.
The panel was able to established that most teenagers resort to suicide as a result of poor academic performance; pressure from parents who compare their children with others and sometimes making them feel inferior or worthless and pressure from the social media because some kids are on social media prematurely and they get carried away by the show of affluence that in most cases is not real.”
Dr. Deji Osasona highlighted four main causes of suicide among youths to include undue academic pressure by teachers or parents that are not emotionally intelligent; peer pressure, which can come in form of sexual issues, socialisation issues, class, as well as intimidation or bullying; financial pressure; and religio-cultural pressure.
Mrs. Chinedum Oluwadamilola, stated that teenagers want to feel loved, accepted and important and to avoid undue emphasis on academic excellence; the school came up with recognizing the different things that students can do.
Finally, the expert recommended ways to prevent suicide which includes listening to the victim without judging them, giving reassurance, not an empty or fictitious one; identifying the strength of the children and creating an avenue to start practicing that strength and teaching them to affirm their strength each day. Also, participants were advised to provide support, which can be in form of one’s presence in their lives, informational support, as well as encouraging professional help.
The second segment of the event had female entrepreneurs educate and inspire participants to harness various options around them to create sustainable income stream.
Mrs. Temitope Okonnu was on ground to train participants on how to convert some of our waste materials to re-usable products .
The spate of suicide among young people is a worrisome trend which affects the family and society at large. It is not something we should ignore as a ‘western’ problem, because it’s happening at a rate that’s becoming too alarming to ignore. All parents and stakeholders are encouraged to take an active interest in ensuring that we nip this monster in the bud.
I highly Commend the Save Our Women and Girls Foundation for prioritizing this event for the overall benefits of families and most importantly opening up opportunities for sustainable growth through Entrepreneurial trainings. Kudos!!
Frances Kelvin Otung
Balanced Seminar, Amb…touching every aspect of our daily lives. From relationship to extra income and pushing the woman to discover the more in her…what more can we say?
The issue of suicide and the rate at which the young adults are playing roulette with their lives is alarming. The many reasons for wanting to take their lives is equally mind-boggling and real to them I must say.
Your Seminar has given pointers to how to curb and perhaps completely eradicate it. I hope we can have simple cards with these “to-do” posted online and hash-tagged, so it will be a daily reminder to parents and minders how to help our teens and save lives. Thank Ma’am!
Eunice Samuel Thomas
Thank you for promptly initiating efforts at addressing this pressing social concern.
I proudly stand with you on this in the belief that together we are on our way to creating a safe and fun social environment for this and the next generation.
This is the right way to go.
One of the best conferences I have attended this year. Thank you so much SOW&G for arming us with knowledge, keep soaring.
Thank you SOW&G Foundation for leading this salient discuss at such a time as this, practical applicable knowledge gleaned at the workshop, experience shared by our teen panelist went beyond talk shop to how parents should redefine our engagement with our children.
A huge congratulations for blazing the trail in your resolve cum commitment to inclusive family strengthening, girls/women empowerment and Nation Building one person, one community per time. God bless you exceedingly for every investment in time and resource. #BecomeMORE #SOAR #SUCCEED