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Suicide cases on rise in Malawi

Suicide cases on rise in Malawi

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Case of suicide are said to be on rise in Malawi, it has been learnt.

The revelation comes ahead of this year’s World Mental Healthy Day celebration on Thursday, October 10.

Under the theme, ” Mental health promotion and suicide prevention”, the event will be held at Nyalubwe ground in Dowa district.

According to the press statement released by the chief of health services Charles Mwansambo said that this year’s theme is important as it addresses the value of promoting mental health and preventing suicide.

“Suicide and substance abuse numbers have been steadily increasing and this years theme brings attention to the problems our Youths and adults are facing and how we can tackle them”, he said.

He also said that in order to achieve this, the following goals are essential, prevention of mental illness, promotion of good mental health, reduction in the stigma associated with mental illness and improved access to evidence based mental health care.

Globally, the world health organization estimates that 800,000 people die from suicide each year and this represents one death in every 40 seconds

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