Besides the existing facilities, arrest and a possible ban on Sniper, here are 5 other ways the Nigerian government can actually help suicidal people.
Since more people are killing themselves.
1.Build Special Facilities
Sending someone to Rehab is not the only way to reform them. And since suicide is not like drug abuse, suicidals need a special type of care.
Our government can create clinics with professionals who are qualified and adept at handling such patients.
After all, we have Counselors and Psychologists in Nigeria who remain dormant. Why not put them to good use?
Also, this is necessary so that once someone has suicidal tendencies, they have a special place they can receive care and counseling.
2. Start Help Lines
It doesn’t cost much to start a helpline.
The same way we have emergency numbers put in place to contact the Police, an Ambulance or the Fire service, they should also start a helpline for suicide.
Since suicidals may not always have someone who is readily available to talk to them, they can get someone like that by simply calling that number.
3.Improve The Standard Of Living
This our country isn’t exactly the best place in the world to live. Between the unstable economy, the dwindling number of opportunities and high rate of unemployment, there are so many things to be depressed about.
Depression triggers suicide. That man who can’t provide for his family begins to feel sad and before you know it he kills himself because he feels worthless and like he is not man enough.
It may be a long shot, but if the government can make basic things that add to someone’s ego boost and life, accessible, people can have a reason to live, because they feel important and like their lives have value.
4. Take To Social Media
Social media is where everybody is and it is a fast way to create awareness and spread information.
What the government can do (asides from replying to critical tweets about their rule) is find a good social media manager who can create pages and groups where people can freely talk about their feelings.
A group like that can be good for them because they have people who are ready to advise them. It’s all about creating a support system.
After all, if people can use Instagram polls to determine if their lives are worth living, by posing it as a question to a group of strangers who asked them to kill themselves.
Then that same Instagram can be used by suicidals to weigh the worth of their lives and this time, the people will vote for them to live.
5. Follow Up On Patients
Sometimes these suicidal thoughts can reoccur in the Patient’s mind and they are not entirely out of the woods.
Those Rehabilitation centers can have a database of Patients so that it can be easy for them to track and follow up on their patients.
These qualified and ethical officials appointed by the government can check in on patients once in a while, to ensure that they are doing well.
To the government I say…
It doesn’t cost much to save a life. The government shouldn’t say, that it is not their business if the citizens want to kill themselves or not.
If the same government can make out time to put laws in place to arrest these people, then they can also use the same law to implement these 5 initiatives.
How else do you think the government can help suicidals? Tell us in the comment section.
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Be kind. If you know a suicidal person, call them today and say something positive to them.