Namibia continues to struggle with high number of suicide cases

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Namibia’s latest national suicide statistics reveal that 559 people took their own lives between January 2021 and May 2022, with the majority of cases being adult and juvenile males, an official said on Wednesday.

The numbers continue to rise despite the South West African nation’s suicide prevention task force launched last year to deal with the rising number of suicide cases.

“The national statistics are very concerning, and this indicates that we all need to respond to suicidal behavior. Different interventions with men and boys are strongly required in this case,” Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services Esther Muinjangue said at a prevention task force awareness event. the suicide of Khomas in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia.

According to Muinjangue, regional suicide statistics from January 2021 to May 2022 showed that all 14 regions recorded suicide cases, with Omusati region leading the list with 105 incidents, Ohangwena second with 100 cases and the region of Khomas in third position with 80. cases.

Importantly, the three regions, Omusati, Ohangwena and Khomas also reported the highest number of suicides from January 2020 to June 2021, she said.

“On this basis, the regions of Omusati, Ohangwena and Khomas must redouble their efforts in the prevention of suicidal behavior. However, we must all unite in the fight against suicide in our country,” she said.

According to Muinjangue, there has also recently been a dramatic increase in the frequency and magnitude of suicides and mental health incidents such as the emotional, psychological and social well-being of people in the country, threatening large populations living in various communities.

“If these trends continue, the costs associated with suicide and negative mental health incidents will continue to rise and put more people at risk,” she said.

“Suicide is 100% preventable, Namibia has a small population compared to other countries, and therefore the Ministry of Health and the task force have prioritized suicide prevention efforts in the country. “, she said, adding that the government and some non-governmental organizations have provided emergency and psychosocial support services where anyone can seek help. Final article

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