Namibia: Health Ministry Launches Report On Suicide Prevalence and Interventions


THE ministry of health on Thursday launched a report on the national study of the prevalence and interventions for suicide in Windhoek.

Speaking at the event, health permanent secretary Ben Nangombe said the study was conducted in all 14 regions of the country, and focused on several factors, such as the prevalence of suicides and suicidal attempts.

The study also included factors like knowledge of suicide prevention, treatment efforts, and attitudes towards suicide in the communities.

Nangombe said the results of this study will be used to form the development of a five-year national strategic plan on the prevention of suicide in Namibia, and to help develop the policy framework guide suicide prevention, treatment, management and coordination.

He added that the ministry is currently implementing the preventative and treatment mechanisms together with other role- players, such as the ministries of safety and security; education; gender equality and child welfare; Debmarine Namibia; Bel Esprit hospital; and Lifeline/Childline Namibia.

Speaking at the same occasion, World Health Organisation representative Charles Sagoe-Moses said the link between suicide and mental health is established as depression, psychosis and substance abuse, which are contributing factors to suicide.

Sagoe-Moses said assessment and counselling is, therefore, paramount for the survivors of suicide attempts, and that with counselling, social support, time and medical interventions, many of those who have attempted suicide will go on to live full and productive lives.

– Nampa

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