S.A.L.T Africa Takes Suicide Prevention Campaign To Tertiary Institutions

IN an initiative meant to reduce the number of suicides which have of late been on the increase in tertiary institutions, Someone Always Listens Toyou (S.A.L.T AFRICA), has embarked on nationwide campaign on suicide prevention in institutions of higher learning.

By Patricia Mashiri

Suicides cases in tertiary institutions have been on the rise with the most recent one being the case of  a Harare polytechnic student committed suicide after his girlfriend of four years reportedly eloped to another man.

Speaking at the suicide awareness campaign held at Harare Polytechnic Tapiwa Yemeke, the Programs Coordinator S.A.L.T Africa said there is need to raise awareness such that people will realize the importance of life.

After the realization that most young people in tertiary institutions are committing suicide due to different pressures that one has entered a tertiary institution. We decided to come on board and raise awareness on suicide especially in tertiary institutions where it is happening.

“We have come to Harare Poly because of the recent case that has been recorded early last month because the girlfriend had broken up with him as it found on social media. We realized that it is very important that we engage young people on this journey as we raise awareness and also try and prevent suicide in tertiary institutions.

Meanwhile, Brighton Mufakwadziya, a Mental Health Occupational Therapist Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) said the Ministry of Health was planning on setting up a call center which will work as a suicide line which will help people with suicidal thoughts.

“There are a lot of anxieties and despondences in the communities that needs to be addressed. A lot of health issues that are currently prevailing and people need help,” Mufakwadziya said.

With the complexities that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic S.A.L.T Africa is planning to widen the suicide campaigns to all tertiary institutions around the country.

Ms Caroline Homela, Life skills Coordinator and Lecture for Polymer Science at Harare Poly said “sometimes suicide is caused by peer pressure in tertiary institutions. Also, she added that everyone must aim to have positive thoughts so as to avoid suicidal thoughts. The World Health Organization’s latest report notes that more than 700 000 people die due to suicide every year.

 

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