LASU Student Suicide Attempt: Nigerians react

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LASU Student Suicide Attempt

Another Suicide Attempt by a student of Lagos State university on monday who was rescued by the Lagos Waterways Authority (LASWA) is causing more questions on the mind of Nigerians

According to the report,  the student, Kingsley Gabriel jumped from Falomo Bridge into the lagoon at about 11 am, leaving no reason for his action.

However, he was rescued alive by officials of the Lagos State Waterways Authority, LASWA and taken to the Falomo Police Station, for onward interrogation.

 


Now to the agitation, Should unsuccessful suicide attempts be treated as a CRIMINAL CASE or MENTAL HEALTH CASE?

Mental health Advocate & Physician, Dr Maymunah kadiri posted on her Instagram handle saying

In as much as I’m happy that this young man was rescued, I totally do not like the way he was handled. He has just gone through a life threatening experience. He should be shown some love and treated with empathy, not dragged like a common criminal in full glare of onlookers and commentators. It’s bad enough that attempted cases of suicide are still treated as misdemeanour and the person sent to one year in prison. We do need to train our first responders and other officers how to handle cases such as this. A little knowledge on mental health/psychological first aid would have gone a long way. We can do better…Please, help tag all the necessary bodies/authorities..

 

In as much as I’m happy that this young man was rescued, I totally do not like the way he was handled. He has just gone through a life threatening experience. He should be shown some love and treated with empathy, not dragged like a common criminal in full glare of onlookers and commentators. It’s bad enough that attempted cases of suicide are still treated as misdemeanour and the person sent to one year in prison. We do need to train our first responders and other officers how to handle cases such as this. A little knowledge on mental health/psychological first aid would have gone a long way. We can do better…Please, help tag all the necessary bodies/authorities… #mentalhealthmatters #mentalwellness #saynotosuicide #mentalhealthfirstaid #lifeofashrink #drmaymunahdiaries Cc: @pmspeakout @pinnaclehealthr @pinnaclemedng

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More reactions below

  • iamkoliababyThis should be treated as MH. I find it disgusting the way some Nigerian official operate in their duty of post. Questions rising in my head, is how much training do they receive? The fellow is dragged as if he is s criminal. It is high time these people are trained on how to handle different situations. Thanks @pinnaclehealthr on your impact in dealing with MH in Nigeria.

 

  • othnieljayIt is not a crimminal issue.even if it is a sin before God to tske one’s life. But the officials should be civil.it is mental health issue.no one will just willfully take his or her life without underlining issues.What we have today in nigeria. Family life ,economic hardship and means to earn a living might be factors.He needs suport and not punishment on how to tackle issues.

 

  • seunodiaseIn addition to the previous comments, if the individual is arrested, that brings more emotional trauma. It only gives more reason for a further attempt. I’m not certain but I don’t think we have a strong prison health support system in place presently. It should be treated as a mental health case basically. Depending on the reason for suicide, the law enforcement agencies can be involved. We shouldn’t always assume depression is the sole cause of suicide attempts, a criminal offense may be associated with it.
  • miss_mental0Is this a serious question? 🤔 cause if it is; should stupidity that causes someone to harm themselves be treated as murder? 🤷🏼‍♀️
  • dolapo1712Mental health case pls. They need more support and assurance that lige has more goodies to deliver to them than throwing them in the cell.
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