Due to poor knowledge of mental health issues, associated stigma and poor knowledge of available mental health services in most developing countries, people in mental distress may not seek help. Families and loved ones may also be afraid to provide adequate support due to shame and fear of stigmatisation.
The brain behind the establishment of National Helpline was the discovery of a silent social problem in our country called "Suicide".
The brain behind the establishment of National Helpline was the discovery of a silent social problem in our country called "Suicide". Even with the underreported statistics, several reports on deaths by suicide in Nigeria have gradually scaled to a very disturbing trend.
Underlying mental disorders such as Depression, Schizophrenia and Substance Abuse all play significant roles in triggering suicidal thoughts. According to experts, Depression is the most common reason why people take their lives. Evident from some suicidal notes, people who have died by suicide indicated that they had no one else to talk to about their problems; someone who would listen to them without stigmatization and prejudice. This helpline is intended to provide the first line of support for people in mental distress and their families.