An OAP and photographer known as Oluwapelumi Orungbe has reportedly committed suicide. OAP N6 under whom she interned last year confirmed the news via twitter saying:
Nigeria has 20.3 suicides per 100,000 people per year (according to a 2015 data provided by the World Health Organization) and we must join forces to create awareness about mental illness as well as encourage people to speak out.
In a bid to tackle this phenomenon the Lagos state government launched scuicide help lines in the state. The Commissioner for Health Dr. Jide Idris said at the launch:
“I must stress that there are people available to help. So, “Let’s Talk” …if you are a student, “Let’s Talk”, if you are a parent, “Let’s Talk”, “If you feel alone in the world, Let’s Talk”.
Don’t battle depression alone. You cancontact Mentally Aware, a not for profit that is leading the battle against mental health stigma via Twitter or Facebook. You can also call any of the numbers below:
The Lagos State help lines – 08058820777, 09030000741.
Nigeria’s Suicide Hotlines- +2348062106493, +2348092106493