- The commissioner says police recorded 43 suicide cases between July and April this year.
- The cases cut across all age brackets between 13 and 70 years old from both genders.
- Mr Cherutich says speaking about suicide openly will also help educate the community and advocate for change.
The government is lobbying for a multi-sectoral approach to arrest escalating cases of suicide in Nyandarua County even as police say they cannot rule out murders being faked to appear as suicides.
According to police statistics, at least five suicide cases have been reported every month since July 2018, a trend that Nyandarua County Commissioner Boaz Cherutich terms as disturbing.
The commissioner says police recorded 43 suicide cases between July and April this year.
The cases cut across all age brackets between 13 and 70 years old from both genders.
MEN MOST VICTIMS
“In Nyandarua County, when you look at the data given by the police, there is an increase in the cases of suicide for both male and female, but the majority are male,” said the county commissioner.
Bishop John Kairu of Jesus Revival Centre admits that men are more affected, which he attributes to African traditions where men are expected to take up many roles in the family and society.
“According to the African culture, men are supposed to play the key roles in the family and community setup. That makes it hard for them to confide when faced with challenges for fear of being considered weak, yet they are overburdened by family and community needs,” said Bishop Kairu.
He noted that during funerals, most suicide victims are described as polite people who never hurt anyone, yet no one seems to understand that they were actually suffering in silence.
“Suicide is normally an escape route after piled up pressures. It will normally happen when one has lost hope of getting a solution to their problems. Women are able to cope better in managing their stress and depression since they openly talk about their challenges. They have many forums and friends to share their experiences with including the merry-go-round groups,” said Bishop Kairu.