DEPRESSION AND SUICIDE


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You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness (Psalm 30:11 ESV).

Statistics has shown that depression and suicide have been on the increase in the country these days.

Related: Depression a silent killer

What is depression?
Depression is a state of mind producing serious, long term lowering of enjoyment of life or inability to visualize a happy future; it is a period of unhappiness or low morale which lasts longer than several weeks and may include ideation of self-inflicted injury or suicide.

There are many things that leads to depression.
Low self-esteem and self-worth is the bedrock of depression which ultimately leads to suicide. This low self-esteem is further fuelled when we talk to injure others or act to puncture the air bag in which they hide themselves.

Low self-worth results to insecurity and it starts as a result of inadequacy in the formative years or inability to fulfill certain basal/basic needs.

How do I know a depressed person?

There's no hard and fast rule to knowing a depressed person just like there are no visible signs on the forehead of an insecure person. Depression is a process; it does not happen spontaneously. Like I said, insecurity and depression go hand in hand. The insecure person might build a wall around himself, pretending not to need anyone when in the real sense, his greatest need is people. On the other hand, he might put up a facade of happiness, while on the inside, he is not. He lies to himself, never expressing what he actually feels.

Related: Dealing with Depression 1

Who do we blame for the increasing rate of suicide?

While we cannot excuse the depressed and those who commit suicide for their actions, those of us who are whole should not turn a blind eye to the problem/situation. Far be it from me to blame anyone but we all have a share of work to do in ameliorating the situation.

As parents, let us learn how to talk to our children in mildness. Even when rebuke and correction is intended, it should be done in love. When we are not pleased with their actions, we should make it clear that it is their actions that we are angry at and not their personalities. When they fail, we should not compare them to A and B. We should rather look out for their strengths and help them build it while strengthening them in their weaknesses. We should allow them make certain choices for themselves. Encouraging them has a way of improving their self-worth.

Related: Dealing with Depression 2


As employers, we should not look down and dishonor our subordinates and or employees. We should praise when they deserve praise. I'm not taking away the place of remonstration but it should be done timely while making it clear that your anger is against the person's poor performance rather than their personalities.

As teachers, sweet words may be all that a child needs at a particular time. Give it to him or her! It doesn't make you weak; it has done wonders. Don't take pride in being the most wicked teacher; it doesn't make your students the best.

As pastors, let us teach the true word of God. Help us know God's estimation of us so that we don't live lives banking on what others say about us.
Let us love genuinely, encouraging one another and sharpening one another's countenance as iron sharpens iron.

I love and celebrate you.

Written by: Moses Ushi



I was once a victim of depression that  made me attempt suicide thrice. I was the Lord Jesus that savee

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