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Botswana Loses over 2,000 People to Suicide Since 2007





GABORONE  (PANA/NAN) ─ Some 2,389 people have committed suicide in the diamond-rich Botswana since 2007, according to the country’s Defence, Justice and Security Minister, Dikgakgamatso Seretse.

Addressing parliament on Wednesday, Seretse said that there were 313 suicides in 2007, 325 in 2008, 324 in 2009, 338 in 2010, 310 in 2011, 333 in 2012, 331 in 2013 and 115 from Jan. 6 to July 2014.

The Minister attributed the causes of the high number of suicide in the southern African nation to intimate partner related killing, illness, family misunderstandings and financial problems, among others.

Botswana police have appealed to the public to seek professional help or share their problems with others rather than resort to suicide.

Report says the rate of suicide is considered very high for Botswana, which has a population of 2.052 million. 

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  1. @edDREAMZ

    July 17, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Am not sure this is ordinary and am sure the word suicide is nothing in botswana..

  2. tunmi

    July 17, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    We have to take mental health very seriously…

    • some hater

      July 17, 2014 at 4:36 pm

      Yes very seriously!


    July 17, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Na wa o

  4. isaid!

    July 17, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Well, one of the advantages of our religious nation is that we are less likely to be suicidal.

  5. citizen kane

    July 17, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Yeah I tell u.Havin suffered from anxiety disorder/ocd in d past I knw wat it feels like to want to leave dis beautiful earth.D hopelessness u feel when everybody around u are living their dreams bt urs seems impeded.We need serious awareness on mental illness in naija I tell u.I am even writing an article on it.BELLA NAIJA U GO PASTE AM FOR ME FOR UR SITE?

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