Kweku Brobbey, the public relations officer of the Mental Health Authority has blamed the rise of suicides among the youth on the failure of society to acknowledge its responsibilities.
Speaking on the Class FM morning show on Tuesday, Mr Brobbey said, "As a society, we have failed all these people, especially the youth, because if you have observed you will find out that most of these people committing suicide are within that classification we call the youth – within the ages of 15-40 years old – and it’s quite disturbing."
He stated that people should observe friends and family who begin to withdraw from society, as suicides were the result of cries for help that were ignored by society.
"When I talk of society, I’m talking about everybody, I’m talking about us as a nation, I’m talking about government, and I’m talking about the people who live with these people who have developed this kind of [suicidal tendencies]… We live with people in society and see these people have changed their lifestyles. Suddenly, they have become withdrawn, they now keep to themselves, they refuse to talk to people and they keep away from people. It is our responsibility to know that once you see these signs, it should raise red flags and you should be able to go to the person and talk to the person. If the person doesn’t want to be talked to, you can call the helpline which can provide help," he stated.
According to him, the rise in suicide cases is a societal problem, which required a system to help individuals in their times of need and fragility.
Mr Brobbey also noted that, as part of measures to help persons going through stressful times, the Mental Health Authority has set up a temporary helpline, as well as collaborating with telelecommunication firms to create a permanent helpline where individuals can call and be directed to professionals for help.