According to him, the men are bold enough to finish the process whiles majority of the women wait for help.
In an interview with Nana Ampratwum on SilverFM,the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Mental Health Authority (MHA), Dr. Akwasi Osei revealed that, only one out of four (1/4) women who attempt suicide dies whiles three out of four (3/4) men who attempt to commit the dastardly act die.
Dr. Akwasi Osei’s statement comes in line with the commemoration of the 2020 World suicide Prevention Day.
He said that suicidal thoughts are classified as mental illness which should not be criminalized.
According to Act 29 section 57, subsection 2 of the Consolidation of Criminal Code (1960), “whoever attempts to commit suicide shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.”
The 2020 theme for the commemoration, “Working Together to Prevent Suicide” seeks to call the attention of stakeholders to the urgent need to contribute to the decriminalization of the prevention of suicides.
Over 800,000 people take their lives annually, according to available statistics at the World Health Organization (WHO).
He cautioned the general public to comfort and assist suicide victims who do not get help after their first attempt and highlighted on signs of a person willing to commit suicide.
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