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Suicide Prevention: Foundation calls for collaboration in child protection, safety

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A Non-Governmental Organisation, Cece Yara Foundation, has called for collaboration with stakeholders and well-meaning Nigerians to protect every child against abuse that could lead to mental disorder and suicide.

The Founder, Mrs Bola Tinubu, made the appeal in a statement on Thursday in Lagos in commemoration of the World Suicide Prevention Day marked annually on Sept. 10.

Tinubu said the organisation was committed to providing psychological care to ensure that child survivors of sexual abuse were mentally and emotionally re-introduced into society with a reduced risk of committing suicide.

“While there is low reporting on suicide due to societal taboos and myths, available data shows that among teenage girls aged 15 to 19, suicide is the second biggest killer after maternal conditions.

“We cannot rule out the link between child sexual abuse leading to depression and substance abuse, and increase in suicide rate among young people in Nigeria.

“With Nigeria accounting for the second-highest suicide cases in Africa, it becomes imperative for all stakeholders to take critical actions to curb this loss of life, especially among the younger generation,” she said.

Tinubu said that the foundation had since inception in 2016 received over 18,000 calls, providing toll free services for people to report cases of child abuse and sexual molestations.

She maintained that its frontline social workers were providing specialised care at its Child Advocacy Centres in Lagos and Abuja.

According to her, the workers ensure the mental and emotional well-being of survivors, while ensuring perpetrators are brought to book by the law courts.

She said, “We are committed to protecting every child in Nigeria and across Africa, and therefore enjoin Nigerians to partner with us to achieve this goal.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the World Suicide Prevention Day, which was launched in 2003, was initiated to provide worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides.

According to a 2019 report by the World Health Organisation, across the world, one person takes his or her life every 40 seconds, with an estimated global suicide rate of about 700,000 persons every year.

The global health agency has also revealed that Nigeria has the second highest suicidal rate in Africa behind South Africa.

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- Sept. 9, 2021 @ 18:20 GMT |

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