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OPINION: Depression Is Real But SUICIDE Is Never An Option|| By: Akinlabi Segun

OPINION: Depression Is Real But SUICIDE Is Never An Option|| By: Akinlabi Segun O.


Critically study the rate at which suicidal deaths occur recently, suicide is now a major public health problem and a leading cause of death in Nigeria. These days, people really need a little more patience than they have. We have to drop our shades and clearly see that everyone, regardless of one’s background and/or social status, has peculiar challenges and travails.

I have interacted with quite a number of people. Those who are older than me, my contemporaries and the aged. The super rich, the poor and the median. I have neither seen a person whose life is perfect, nor anyone who has everything all figured out. Not even this writer.

Nor the much talked about billionaires, professionals, politicians and celebrities of this world. It appears that every mortal has a share of joy and disappointment. It appears that everyone has one or two issues to worry about. It appears that no one is free from random thoughts and confusion, sometimes but people only relate to issues differently. Some maturely, some irrationally.

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If the narrative, “only those who walk in the painful shoe can perfectly understand where and how deadly it pinches”, is anything to go by, I am overqualified to give a voice to the campaign against suicide and sincerely bring to your notice that suicide is outright irrational.


My path is rough but I have always managed to stay afloat. I have been through and experienced a special kind of special depression. Apart from depression, mental disorders, including, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, personality disorders, and substance abuse are risk factors of the deplorable but now common problem. And, depression is real but it is not a justification for anyone to commit suicide because of general but individualised disappointment and downside.

Hear me! The first quarter of the year 2022 was hellish for me but I can tell you categorically now that things is now getting shape and I know better days ahead.

If you are concerned about someone’s actions and inaction, note that talking about wanting to die or wanting to kill him or herself; talking about feeling empty, hopeless, or having no reason to live; stockpiling pills; talking about great guilt or shame; talking about feeling trapped or feeling that there are no solutions; Feeling unbearable pain, both physical or emotional; talking about being a burden to others; using substance more often; withdrawing from family and friends; changing eating and/or sleeping habits; taking risks that could lead to death; displaying extreme mood swings, suddenly changing from very sad to very calm or happy, and giving away important possessions are all signs of possible self-injury or suicide.

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If it’s about bills, with little more patience, what is scarce today is most likely to be surplus tomorrow. And, there’s always light at the end of every tunnel. Don’t ever end your life because of your poor performance in examination, I wrote my SSCE exam Five times before I finally made it and am now a certified mathematician.The people we are looking up too also have a story to tell. Focus on your goals, success ahead as God liveth.

Are you are facing life challenges?Yes! is normal so far you are still breathing. Do yourself good by seeking for counsel from people around you whom you feel comfortable, don’t die in silence.
Suicidal thoughts is never an option.

Better days ahead! Continue reading

© Akinlabi Segun Oluwapamilerin writes from the city of Ibadan, Ona Ara LG, Oyo State.
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