By Armel Modeste M. Nouatin
Despite the many challenges it may throw at us, we will certainly agree that life is worth living. Yet, more and more, we see people who make the tragic decision of ending their life. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), about 800 000 to 1000 000 persons commit suicide every year; that is approximately one person every 40 seconds. This rate is predicted to increase to one death every 20 seconds in 2020. Hence, suicide is a cause of major concern and should not let anyone indifferent. It is no wonder that it is rightly described as a “monster”
In her book, “The Monster called Suicide”, Martha Uchenna Ukatu is bringing awareness on the topic, presenting some causes and symptoms of suicide, its impacts on individuals, families and society at large as well as how to tackle the issue.
One cannot read this book without feeling the burden to commit oneself in defeating this scourge. We will do well to remember that the victims of suicide are not faceless people but friends, neighbours, brothers, sisters, cousins…
As argued by Edmund Burke, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” In a society where competition for social status is high, where individualism and indifference are the norms, where social media are replacing human contact exacerbating the loneliness of countless people, we have the duty to care for those around us. Many are suffering and dying in silence; this can change and it must change. Let us say No to suicide!