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Financial problems and unemployment triggering suicide- Psychologist

by Rosalia David

Crippling financial troubles and rising unemployment are driving people to commit suicide around the turn of the festive season, psychologist Shaun Whittaker has said.

According to statistics from the Namibian Police’s crime reports dated 1st of October up to date, there have been at least 11 suicide cases reported.

Whittaker said most victims at the age of 20 to 29 commit suicide because of the financial pressure to go for holidays.

“Right now people are thinking about holidays, sharing gifts, and planning for the next year,” he explained.

He added that unemployment remains the biggest cause of depression while noting that young unemployed adults are going through depression because they are not looking forward to the holiday.

“The teenagers who have written their exams usually go through depression this time of the year because they are worried about their results, whether they have passed or not and thinking about their future,” he noted.

The psychologist said relationship issues are common in all age groups and are likely to trigger suicide.

Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi said people ought to seek for help before taking drastic measures when depressed.

“There is help out there, weather you have a medical condition or financial problems consult someone,” she advised.

She told The Villager that during the festive season people tend to fall into depression mode because they want to spend time with their loved ones but financial situations won’t be allowing them.

“We are all going through something and committing suicide has a bad impact on the people around you. Most suicides are also caused by drugs and alcohol abuse,” she said.

Suicide affects relatives, children and the society in general, she said.

“Sometimes the victim is the bread winner in the family and ends up living their children behind with no one to take care of them, or their parents. Suicide is not the answer,” said the Chief Inspector.