By Dr Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor
The month of September is Suicide Prevention Awareness month. Thursday, September 10, was World Suicide Prevention Day and persons in many countries around the world lit a candle at 8 p.m. in remembrance of those who have fallen victim to mental ill-health issues and made the decision to take their own life. The theme for this year is Working together to prevent suicide. Suicide is by definition, an intentional, purposeful act. It is a public health crisis and does not discriminate against class, age, or gender.
If preventive measures are put in place by governments (WHO, 2019), it can be a global and preventable public health concern.