By Chikondi Moyenda
Government has said it is concerned with the rising cases of suicide among men and boys in the country this year as a quarterly report shows that over 90 percent of suicide cases recorded this year involve men and boys.
According to National Police Deputy Public Relations Officer, Harry Namwaza, about 88 suicide cases were recorded last year in the first quarter, but this year the cases have increased to 115 cases in the same period.
Drug and substance abuse are reported to be the main factors attributed to poor judgment and increased cases of suicide among men.
Namwaza says many young people are also mentally affected by broken relationships and debts leading to a spike in suicide cases.
The deputy police spokesperson has therefore recommended opening up on challenges and psycho-social support as one of the solutions to the suicide problem.
Reacting to the development, Executive Director for the Center for Youth Empowerment, Lucky Mbewe, says young people are facing many challenges in the country and they easily lose hope.
Lack of financial support, unemployment and the absence of proper counseling are said to be leading to drug abuse which also contributes to poor judgment and consequently suicide.
Mbewe has therefore urged parents and guardians to find good ways of helping young people that are depressed.