There are increased cases of suicide in Uganda, this according to police.
While addressing the media today, Police Deputy Spokesperson, Polly Namaye says cases of suicide are increasing during this Covid-19 pandemic period.
And this is worrying.
“Our reports show that it is because of mental health related issues,” Namaye said.
She also decried the increase in domestic violence cases urging Ugandans to remain calm and law abiding- “We encourage the public to remain lawful as we fight COVID-19.”
While the cause of suicide is unknown, some common risk factors include: major psychiatric illness – in particular, mood disorders (e.g., depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia), substance abuse(primarily alcohol abuse), family history of suicide, longterm difficulties with relationships with friends and family, losing hope or the will to live, significant losses in a person’s life, such as the death of a loved one, loss of an important relationship, loss of employment or self-esteem among others.
A person who is at risk of committing suicide usually shows signs – whether consciously or unconsciously – that something is wrong. Keep an eye out for: signs of clinical depression, withdrawalfrom friends and family, sadness and hopelessness, lack of interest in previous activities, or in what is going on around them, physical changes, such as lack of energy, different sleep patterns, change in weight or appetite, loss of self-esteem, negative comments about self-worth, bringing up death or suicide in discussions or in writing, previous suicide attempts.