International Journal of Academic Research and Development

International Journal of Academic Research and Development


International Journal of Academic Research and Development
International Journal of Academic Research and Development
Vol. 4, Issue 6 (2019)

Averting the growing rate of suicide incidence among tertiary institution students in Nigeria


Okanezi Bright, Ihunwo Patience

The study focused on the growing incidence of suicide in Nigeria and how to curb it. Although suicide is not a strange phenomenon in Nigeria and indeed every part of the globe but it has recently become a subject of discussion in contemporary Nigeria. Indeed, the rate of occurrence has reached crisis level. Both insecticides and pesticides are now being used as suicide tool by students. These days students commit suicide as if it is normative. The media are now dominated by stories of suicide incidents. The reasons for committing suicide are basically mundane especially with regards to students. On the wider note, the trend has drawn the attention of both individual and corporate bodies notably the upper legislative chamber in Nigeria. It was however recommended among other things that there should be an adequate public enlightenment campaign on the disadvantages of committing suicide; counsellors should be employed for students to discuss their feelings, emotions etc.; parents should oversee what their children are doing. They should also be friendly with their children and give listening ears to their views.
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