‘Men more likely to commit suicide’
SEE ALSO :Economy grows amid VAT gloomAccording to her, there is little awareness on mental illness as well as how and where to seek help from. Suicidal ideation is one of the symptoms of depression. She said suicide among men is on the rise because they use more lethal means than women, therefore their suicide success rates are higher. “Victims kill themselves by hanging either in their own houses or farms. Others, however, opt to drown, stab or burn themselves to death,” Gichimu said. According to her, there are factors that have been linked to rise of suicide. They are economic factors, mental situation and lack of social support. She said the cost of living has been on the increase and there is a general sense of hopelessness, as things get worse. With most breadwinners being the men, they feel the pressure to provide.
SEE ALSO :Soldier kills self at DoD quartersBoys take cue from men and when they do not see that things are not working out the way they expected, some simply give up. “We have a lot of young people who are unemployed despite having completed various courses and training in colleges and universities, coupled with the sense that they are failures, is one of the reasons to explain the increase,” Gichimu said. She said women, by virtue of their nature as nurturers, tend to think through the effects of the aftermath of their suicide.