Depression Pushing Suicide Rates High

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Police say most of the suicide cases stem from depression arising from family disagreements, fear of crime penalty, failure to pay off loans and fear of responsibility.

Depression is one single factor that is pushing suicide rates high in Uganda, according to police statistics.
 
Statistics from Uganda police show a significant number of suicide cases registered between January and June 2011.
 
A total number of 175 cases of suicide cases have been recorded from January to June 2011 the Director Criminal Investigations Department Edward Ochom, said on Friday on the eve of theWorld Suicide Prevention day.
 
The day observed on September 10th, promotes worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicide.
 
Ochom said 127 of the suicides were committed by men, 38 by women, five by Juveniles males and five by female juveniles.
 
Ochom admits it is difficult for police to ascertain whether some of the cases are actually suicidal or murder disguised as suicide.
 
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Police say most of the suicide cases stem from depression arising from family disagreements, fear of crime penalty, failure to pay off loans and fear of responsibility.

Dr. David Basangwa a senior consultant psychiatrist Butabika hospital says 60% of people who commit suicide would have communicated about how they feel and what they plan to do, unfortunately, people close to them do not take them seriously.
 
Dr. Basangwa says as soon as one hints a suicide act, they should be helped to get professional assistance and assessment.
 
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Dr. Basangwa says the ministry of health is promoting mental health awareness, encouraging good care of patients by family members and creating awareness amongst members of the community to change their attitude towards depressed people.
 
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The World health Organisation estimates that world over a million people commit suicide, while ten million attempt to commit suicide every year. 90 % of those who commit suicide have psychiatric problem including depressions, schizophrenia, personality disorders, and alcohol and drug abuse.
  
Currently the ministry of health is in the process of petitioning the law reform commission to decriminalize suicide and stop charging them since most of the victims have mental disorder.