This year, the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) has decided to make “suicide prevention” the main theme of World Mental Health Day.
Her Excellency Olufolake Abdulrazaq in her capacity as the Matron of drug eradication committee with focus on mental health to create awareness and advocate for zero Suicidal behavior that has existed throughout human history. This has increased gradually in all parts of the world due to several factors reaching an alarming statistical level.
Her Excellency, is committed to promoting mental health wellness and awareness for Kwarans, through community sensitisation on basic mental health education, and providing of support for people seeking help so they can bare their minds and worries without shame.
Mrs. AbdulRazaq, had reiterated the willingness of the Government in ensuring that there is a concerted effort on the crusade to reduce mental illness in the State, adding that the welfare of the citizens will always be foregrounded in the programmes of the Government.
Lamenting the alarming rate of mental illness in the recent time, the Kwara State First Lady cautioned youths against involving in any act that can damage the brain, identifying environmental, bio-chemical and other factors as the causes of mental illness.
It is often believed that it is only adults who exhibit suicidal behaviors, but it should be made known that many children and young people engage in this kind of behavior as a result of violence, sexual abuse, bullying and cyberbullying.
We need everyone’s help, which is why we hope to receive contributions not only from the community but also from organizations made up of mental health users and their families so that we can share our experience of and knowledge about an issue as important and painful as suicide with each other.
The object of making suicide prevention the theme of World Mental Health Day in 2019 is to attract the attention of governments so that the issue might be given priority in public health agendas around the world.