Students speak on suicides

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Students speak on suicides

H-Metro

…mental health causing suicides

Latwell Nyangu, H-Metro Reporter

Cases of suicides among young people are on the rise in Zimbabwe and students cannot be spared from this fate.

Of late students across the country have been committing suicides whilst some have been found dead for reasons unknown.

 

It is claimed that Zimbabwe has the 13th highest suicide rate in the world and according to the available WHO data on suicide, for 2019, shows Zimbabwe has a crude suicide rate of 14,1 deaths per 100,000 populations.

 

This places Zimbabwe in 34th place on a list of 182 countries, the same position the country held in 2018.

 

Mental illness and suicidal thoughts can affect anyone, of any age, from any background, at any time.

 

Psychological Expert Ottilia Navaro said mental health issues are not taken seriously.

Ottilia

“Lack of school fees are causing students to commit suicides, this matter is sensitive, and once they get under pressure at school, one can kill themselves. Whilst loneliness is also causing students to end their lives.

 

“Lacking someone to share with, creates depression and academic failure also affects the young people.

 

“Poverty is also causing deaths among the youths. Abuse at home especially the 14 year-olds are facing abuse. An environment with single parents affects the young people.

 

“A child who grow with both parents is different from the ones grow without both parents.

 

“Mostly post-traumatic disorder affects concentration. Relationships at school, those small things can cause death,” she said.

 

She added:

 

“Drug abuse, bullying, at school, mental health is not taken seriously in Zimbabwe, people face problems but when they visit psychologists they fear to be discriminated.

 

“There is need for awareness campaigns and counselling sessions in schools,” she added.

 

H-Metro interviewed some students on what they think are causes of suicides.

 

Tinotenda Matenda Vice President Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University Student Executive Council

Relationships, love or mjolo as we have normalised calling it is devouring our brothers and sisters causing havoc, tears, pain and instability in the normal social functioning. I feel the present generation needs relationship advice and counselling more than success motivation. Parents need to normalise sitting with their children, talking about relationship issues. It’s very sad to hear someone saying a student is dating someone old enough to be their father or hearing that a student committed suicide because of a relationship.

 

Though parents and schools prepare us for success and work, handling relationships is one inevitable part of life that is being neglected. We have seen the nation recording cases of students committing suicides not because of economic hardships but failure to cope up with the pressure of relationships.

 

It is without doubt that guidance and counseling needs to be intensified and the curriculum be designed in such a way that gives children a picture of the reality. We learn love from movies, but movies only give us an idea that’s why when the cons of love hit on us, we break down hard.

Tawananyasha C Mutize, a Social work student

Suicide is common among students, young people and is mainly caused by mental illness, physical abuse or sexual abuse, aggressive behaviour or impulsivity, family history of suicide. Suicide often happens after a stressful life event such as problems at school, a break up with a boyfriend or a girlfriend, death of loved ones. Young people are dying because of overwhelming hopelessness or frustration is devastating to family, friends and community. If young people are experiencing hard times in their lives, they need proper counselling. If they don’t get proper counselling they end up thinking that suicide is the solution.

Tavonga Chiriga, Lupane State University

Suicides amongst youths and students is mostly caused by abuse from families and societies. It can also be caused by discrimination and depression. Bullying (at school or cyber) can also be another factor.

Hon Mupinga, NUST University

Suicide means ending your own life. It is sometimes a way for people to escape pain and nowadays suicide is mostly caused by love relationships, misunderstanding in families, fear of the unknown, failure in academic studies. I noticed that failed relationships are the major cause of suicide.

Hon Mupinga from NUST

Followed by financial worries. Some students face high debt, students want to live the soft life they can’t and end up drowning in debt as a result they see suicide as the only way out. Also high expectations from parents, parents want distinctions only and we all know as University students it’s not easy to achieve that, not that I am saying it’s impossible but it’s not for everyone. So that pressure lead to depression hence suicide.

Thubelihle Ndlovu, NUST University

The causes of suicide ideation amongst youths and students are multi-factorial and include, but not limited to biological, social and psychological factors. Suicide and attempts among students and youths is currently a heterogeneous phenomenon with globally affirmed negative and injurious effects on dear ones. Most of the current causes of the ideation and attempts are amplified by the pandemic as well as impulsivity.

Be that as it may, the stigma of suicide can be erased and be prevented through resilience and proactively improving our health habits, like getting regular exercise, sleep and opening up to loved and closed ones. It is key to also remind ourselves that we are not defined by any experiences, even the stressful moments or situations.

To eradicate and lessen suicidal ideations and attempts, we ought not be idle but we have to realise that there are a lot of people struggling with self-inflicted harm, depression and hopelessness. It is only when we become consciousness about such things that we can collectively put an end to them. Those experiencing, intending or those who are victims of suicidal ideation and attempts that they can’t help you if they don’t know you need it. Ask for help to fight another day and never give up.

Lucia Mazhou, CCOSA

Suicides are a result of too much pressure, being on lockdown has seriously affected some students. We have a certain lifestyle we had gotten accustomed to during the lockdown then when we had to go back to school things changed. It’s quite a challenge to deal with the pressures of school and life in general after such a long time at home. All this could also lead to depression.

Lucia

Drug and substance abuse could also lead to the rise in suicides in youths. Some are not mentally strong enough to deal with such pressures and lack of counselling could lead to the thoughts of suicide. There is need for counsellors in schools to help young people to help them deal with the challenges of life.

Runyararo Natalie Zhanje, Women University

Suicide is mostly often found in older than younger people but statistically it is the leading causes of death in teenagers and youths in school. There are multiple reasons which include mental illness, physical or sexual abuse, losses, aggressive behavior, lack of social support, isolation, poor coping skills, physical illness and family disruption.

As young people are becoming adults they get in to some sudden changes which might be hard to cope to hence looking for other possible ways to stop whatever situation they are in. A lot of young children have poor coping mechanisms and one might not be able to see that unless they tell you themselves. Bullying, unwanted pregnancies, relationships break up, unable to fit with others or maybe change of schools, they feel vulnerable and tend to have suicidal thoughts.

Physical and sexual abuse among these young people is one of the major reasons why some children are ending their lives.  It results in psychological, emotional and physical effects on a survivor leaving a young person as vulnerable as ever.

Some of these young people in schools are committing suicides because they have mental illness. Families also need to have a strong foundations and be there for their children. Children should feel comfortable to their parents and be able to communicate with them on anything. The curriculum should also teach the young about problem-solving and resolution skills, managing anger, teach about mental health and disorders.

Memory Makasa MSU

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly. The moment you are ready to quit is usually the moment right before a miracle occurs”, Never give up!!!

The causes of Suicide Ideation amongst youths and students are multi-factorial and include, but not limited to biological, social and psychological factors. What can be simply concluded is that Suicide Ideation and attempts among students and youths is currently and patently a heterogeneous phenomenon with globally affirmed negative and injurious effects on dear ones. Most of the current causes of the ideation and attempts are amplified by the pandemic as well as impulsivity.

Be that as it may, the stigma of Suicide CAN be erased and be prevented through resilience and proactively improving our health habits, like getting regular exercise, sleep and opening up to loved and closed ones. It is key to also remind ourselves that we are not defined by any experiences, even the stressful moments or situations.

To eradicate and lessen suicidal ideations and attempts, we ought not be idle but we have to realize that there are a lot of people struggling with self-inflicted harm, depression and hopelessness. It is only when we become consciousness about such things that we can collectively put an end to them.

Having asserted all these, I want to urge and advice all those experiencing, intending or those who are victims of suicidal ideation and attempts that : THEY CAN’T HELP YOU IF THEY DON’T KNOW YOU NEED IT.ASK FOR HELP TO FIGHT ANOTHER DAY AND NEVER GIVE UP BUT STAY POSITIVE.

Memory Makasa

 

 

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