Every year, suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally for people of all ages. It is responsible for over 800,000 deaths, which equates to one suicide every 40 seconds. Every life lost represents someone’s partner, child, parent, friend or colleague. For each suicide, approximately 135 people suffer intense grief or are otherwise affected. This amounts to 108 million people, per year, who are profoundly impacted by suicidal behaviour (IASP).
At the foundation, we believe very strongly that the world can become a better place one positive message at a time. We understand the concept of alternative thinking and are passionate about saving lives. With ever project we’ve carried out and intend to carry out; our intentions are always to connect those that need help with those that can help.
We’re dedicated to serving more people by expanding the accessibility of our life-saving services. We educate the public on preventive and protective measures and connect those in crisis with the support they need, and offer comfort and resources to individuals and families within our circle of conversation.
Mental health and wellbeing is one of the most neglected conversations within developing countries. This means that there is still a lot of work that needs to be done. No platform can accomplish everything on their own and so we are deliberate about seeking partnership and collaborative efforts to achieve lasting and sustainable outcomes within the mental health space and other thematic areas we are passionate about.
We hope to replicate the impact that we’re currently experiencing in Plateau State into the entire Northern Nigeria, then Nigeria as a whole and then the global world at large.
The world is govern by humans; it is therefore important amongst other things that we prevent noncommunicable diseases, including behavioural, developmental and neurological disorders that lead to death and the stigma and segregation that comes with them.
We can all become a wealth of positive energies.
According to a publication by the International Association for Suicide Prevention, Suicide is the result of a convergence of genetic, psychological, social, cultural and other risk factors, sometimes combined with experiences of trauma and loss. Suicide is the process whereby someone takes his or her own life.
In a country like Nigeria, one of the major challenges we face is a mind that has been trained over time to adapt to abnormalities for the period of time that it is trending and then move to the next big news.
Anytime there is a visible suicide case in Nigeria, people tweet and post about it, feel pity for the victims and then continue with life as though nothing really happened. This has to stop. There are individuals and organizations doing their best to control the situation and World Suicide Prevention Day, The Emotional Man Conference and our other outlets are opportunities for us to showcase these people and offer practical solutions that will yield lasting results.
The fact that people with non-fatal attempts at suicide are taken to police stations instead of mental health facilities is worrisome and the fact that there is still so much stigma around mental illness and poor mental health is troubling. Something has to be done about it.
This we have begun as a foundation and intend to keep doing.
Here is the link to our previous conferences.