Suicide and issues of mental health are a growing concern globally. It is reported that suicide is the second leading cause of death among university students after accidents. As many as 20% of college students have suicidal thoughts at some point in their college career.
The prevalence of suicide and depression at universities, and the commemoration of World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September, prompted the University’s Department of Student Counselling to pay attention to the problem.
Fikile Gumada, a Student Counsellor at MUT, joined MUT Radio to discuss mental health challenges that university students face. Gumada explained how one would know when a student is suicidal, and why students think of committing suicide. He also discussed the myths around suicide. He focussed on how to assist a depressed and suicidal person. His talk also included the impact of suicide and depression on students drop out. Students are urged to contact Student Counselling for assistance if they are experiencing any difficulties.