Available statistics point out that 6.6 per cent out of each 1,000 individuals dedicated suicide in 2020 in Ghana. 

Also, 4 out of each 5 suicide cases may have been prevented if help was sought, Dr. Ebenezer Tetteh Kpalam, a Clinical Psychologist, has said. 

Dr. Kpalam, due to this fact, emphasised the want for stakeholders to attain out to these contemplating taking their lives as they present proof of the intention to commit suicide. 

He said suicide can be frequent globally as the World Health Organisation (WHO) has revealed that about 703,000 die yearly from suicide. 

“Some of the warning signs that all must look out for in people, include, those who start to talk about suicide and death with examples such as “I wish I was not born; I wish I was dead; I want to kill myself, among others,” Dr Kpalam told the Ghana News Agency in an interview in Tema to mark the World Suicide Prevention Day. 

The Clinical Psychologist added that such individuals ask numerous questions on demise and what may lead to it, including that some additionally begin dashing out their precious objects with none cause, and have interaction in dangerous behaviours similar to reckless driving, and crossing the highway with out warning, amongst others. 

He added that other warning indicators embrace extreme drug and alcohol consumption, temper swings, and withdrawal, including that in most cases individuals with suicidal ideas say one thing about it to someone earlier than finishing up the act. 

Dr. Kpalam urged the public to encourage such individuals to search help from professionals at the Ghana Mental Health Authority, the Ghana Psychological Council, public hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, and counselling models of non secular our bodies as additionally they have hyperlinks to the professionals. 

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