Suicide prevention remains a universal challenge. Every year, suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally for people of all ages. It is responsible for over 800,000 deaths, which equates to one suicide every 40 seconds. Every life lost represents someone’s partner, child, parent, friend or colleague. For each suicide, approximately 135 people suffer intense grief or are otherwise affected. This amounts to 108 million people, per year, who are profoundly impacted by suicidal behavior.
Suicidal behavior includes suicide, suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts. For every suicide, 25 people make a suicide attempt and many more have serious thoughts of suicide (Culled from IASP manual for suicide prevention 2018). According to recent World Health Organization (WHO) reports, Nigeria is number 33 of 183 countries highly prone to suicide episodes. And this is on the increase.