SUICIDE ALERT: What’s driving youngsters to kill themselves?

first_imgIn addition,experiencing conflict, disaster, violence, abuse, or loss and a sense ofisolation are strongly associated with suicidal behavior, according to WHO. Of the 179 cases of suicide that the Iloilo Police ProvincialOffice (IPPO) recorded from 2016 to June 2019, 35 involved young people betweennine to 21 years old, said Palabrica. In 2016, according to Palabrica, the municipality of Leon had themost number of suicides (five), followed by Lambunao (four), said Palabrica.There were also suicides in Passi City, Pototan, Tigbauan, Igbaras, Lemery,Estancia, and San Dionisio. Since 2018, there have been around 100 “recorded suicides acrossall ages” with the town of Leon having the most number of cases (nine),followed by Cabatuan (six), Passi City (six), Badiangan (five), Alimodian(four), Anilao (four), Dingle (four), Igbaras (four), Lambunao (four), Miag-ao(four), and San Joaquin (four). Palabrica said the most common reasons were likely problems in thefamily, love life, school, and money. He appealed for collective action from the provincial government,school and health authorities, and the police, among others. Suicide was the second leading cause of death among 15-29year-olds globally in 2016, according to WHO. “First there should be data…then, ano ang causes ngaa ga-amosini mga kabataan subong. Lantawonang pangabuhi sining mga kabataan, related ayhan ini sa kapigaduhon, sa impluwensya sang droga, sang influence sang peers, even sang social media,”said Palabrica, chairperson of the Provincial Board’s Committee on Accounts andGeneral Services and Human Resources. By far thestrongest risk factor for suicide is a previous suicide attempt, according toWHO. * earlyidentification, treatment and care of people with mental and substance usedisorders, chronic pain and acute emotional distress He appealed for “purposeful action to prevent more suicides,especially among the youth” and urged the provincial government to be “in theforefront of this effort.” According to the World Health Organization (WHO), every year closeto 800,000 people take their own lives and there are many more people whoattempt suicide. * reducingaccess to the means of suicide (e.g. pesticides, firearms, certain medications) * reportingby media in a responsible way In 2017, Passi City, Oton, Miag-ao, and Lambunao had the mostnumber of suicides (four each), IPPO data showed. Said Palabrica. It also lamented the stigma particularly surrounding mentaldisorders and suicide. It means, it said, that many people thinking of takingtheir own lives or who have attempted suicide are not seeking help and aretherefore not getting the help they need. There are anumber of measures that can be taken at population, sub-population andindividual levels to prevent suicide and suicide attempts. WHO listed thefollowing: ILOILO – Alarming. This was how Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP)member Matt Palabrica described the rising number of suicide cases in theprovince involving youngsters. He cited recent cases: a nine-year-old in the4th District, an 18-year-old and another teenaged boy in Cabatuan and Calinogtowns in the 3rd District.center_img “Suicide is acomplex issue and therefore suicide prevention efforts require coordination andcollaboration among multiple sectors of society, including the health sectorand other sectors such as education, labor, agriculture, business, justice,law, defense, politics, and the media. These efforts must be comprehensive andintegrated as no single approach alone can make an impact on an issue ascomplex as suicide,” according to WHO./PN “We have to do this now and not later. The life saved through ourintervention may be that of a loved one,” said Palabrica. What drove these young people to kill themselves? But this statistics from the police is not enough, said Palabrica. LACK OFAWARENESS The most common methods of suicide resorted to were hanging,chemical poisoning, shooting with a gun, and even willful drowning, he added. “The prevention of suicide has not been adequately addressed dueto a lack of awareness of suicide as a major public health problem and thetaboo in many societies to openly discuss it,” according to WHO. * follow-upcare for people who attempted suicide and provision of community support Suicide ratesare also high amongst vulnerable groups who experience discrimination, such asrefugees and migrants; indigenous peoples; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender,intersex (LGBTI) persons; and prisoners. * training ofnon-specialized health workers in the assessment and management of suicidalbehavior *school-based interventions * introducingalcohol policies to reduce the harmful use of alcohol While thelink between suicide and mental disorders (in particular, depression andalcohol use disorders) is well established in high-income countries, WHO saidmany suicides happen impulsively in moments of crisis with a breakdown in theability to deal with life stresses, such as financial problems, relationshipbreak-up or chronic pain and illness. The World Heal Organization (WHO) considers suicide “a seriouspublic health problem” but preventable with timely, evidence-basedinterventions. Detailed information about the suicides, most especially among theyouth, is needed, he said, to get a clearer picture so that appropriateinterventions “targeted at the youth” could be introduced “like counseling,youth activities that include sports, co-curricular and extra-curricularactivities.” BEYONDSTATISTICSlast_img read more