In an increasingly interconnected world, the influence of social media on various aspects of our lives is undeniable. As the influence of social media continues to expand, a shadow is looming over its impact on mental health, particularly its potential to contribute to rising suicide rates.
In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), a Consultant Neuropsychiatrist, Dr. Maymunah Kadiri, expressed concern that social media can worsen the impact of suicide on the population.
The use of social media has become an integral part of our daily lives, with billions of users sharing their thoughts, experiences, and emotions online. However, the constant exposure to curated content, has raised concerns about its potential impact on individuals, especially on the vulnerable in our society.
During the recent celebration of world Suicide Prevention day, WHO emphasised the significant role the media can play in either enhancing or weakening suicide prevention efforts.
“Educative media portrayals featuring how to cope with suicidal thoughts, profiling support organisations and resources, and sharing information from those with lived experience, may help to reduce the likelihood of people thinking about suicide or acting on such thoughts. This may increase the likelihood that they will reach out for help if they are struggling with their own crises” said WHO.
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