OP-ED– According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 703,000 people a year end their life around the world. For every suicide, there are likely 20 other people making a suicide attempt and many more have serious thoughts of suicide. Millions of people suffer intense grief or are otherwise profoundly impacted by suicidal behaviours.
Each suicidal death is a public health concern with a profound impact on those around them. By raising awareness, reducing the stigma around suicide, and encouraging well-informed action, we can reduce instances of suicide around the world.
Six Ugandan youths under a poets’ body ‘Fragments’ have gone ahead to give a hand to the efforts by the World Health Organization in prevention of the Mental Health breakage.
Fragments have published a poetry collection which they titled ‘Seasons’ that is meant to give hope to people undergoing stress and trauma.
Lastly, it highlights the importance of setting suicide prevention as a priority public health agenda by countries, particularly where access to mental health services and availability of evidence-based interventions are already low.
The authors of the book include Daniel Tusiimukye, Puja Natasha, Diego Mwesigwa, Nabirah Kayiwa, Joyce Nalubega & Liberty Muhereza.
Fragments is a platform where the use of arts, poetry and photography are used to express and fabricate each artist’s emotions and experiences.