Neuro Psychiatric Hospital, Aro, Abeokuta and the Federal Medical Centre, Idi Aba, Abeokuta, have expressed concern over the rise in cases of attempted suicide or suicide with chemicals, especially among youths in Ogun State.
Head of Clinical Services of Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta, Doctor Fidelis Ojeblenu, in an interview with Rockcity FM, describes the development as alarming.
He, asks every stakeholder in the state, especially parents, to be alive to their responsibilities.
According to Ojeblenu, the hospital has recorded about six cases of suicide in the last two months, with many of the victims brought to the hospital in critical conditions.
He expresses concern that majority of people involve in the act of suicide are students of higher institutions in Abeokuta, a development which he said has prompted the hospital to initiate a meeting with some of the management of the institutions, to curb the trend.
Also, the Provost of the Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Doctor Timothy Adebowale, in an interview with Rockcity FM, blames the development on the state of hopelessness, in which many of the victims found themselves, which according to him is between depression and suicide.
The hospital, according to the provost, recorded about 36,000 cases of mental illness annually and between 250 and 300 new patients on monthly basis.
Doctor Adebowale says, majority of the new patients are from Ogun State, followed by patients from both Oyo and Lagos states.
Half of mental illness, according to him, begins at the age of 14, with depression among adolescents as a major cause of mental disorder, while suicide is the second leading cause of death among people between the ages of 16 and 29.
Many of the attempted or committed suicide he explains, were not been taken to the Psychiatric hospital.
The provost says, some of the mental health patients have confessed of considering suicide at a point in their lives.