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The Impact of Suicide on Families: A Psychiatrist’s Perspective

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Francis Yeboah, a community psychiatry nurse specialist at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, has stated that people who commit suicide are selfish. He believes that the act of suicide is a way for the victim to satisfy their own interests, without considering the impact on their family’s legacy. Speaking on “Suicidal Patterns and Prevention: The Dynamics and Complications,” Yeboah pointed out that most people who consider suicide do not think about the consequences of their actions on their families.

According to Yeboah, suicide is a selfish act that leaves behind a trail of destruction, guilt and shame that can affect the entire family. He emphasized the need for people with suicidal thoughts to consider the wellbeing and legacy of their families after the act, as it is capable of completely draining an entire family. Dying is not a solution, it leaves untouched issues that can remain with the family for several years.

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Dr. Abigail Harding, a psychiatrist at the Department of Psychiatry at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, also contributed to the conversation, stating that some individuals commit suicide to ease financial challenges but end up destroying their families. Harding further revealed that the families of suicide victims are at higher risk of committing suicide themselves. This may be due to genetic or behavioral conditions.

However, Harding has appealed to societies and authorities to intensify the creation of awareness about stigmatization to inform and educate people on the effects of the act. It is important to note that although life is unpredictable, people are encouraged to have properly planned goals in a manner that will avoid such thoughts as “nobody knows tomorrow.”

In a nutshell, suicide has a far-reaching impact on the family and loved ones left behind. Suicide is a selfish act that leaves behind feelings of guilt and shame for those left behind. Families of suicide victims are at higher risk of committing suicide themselves due to genetic or behavioral conditions. It is important for societies and authorities to intensify the creation of awareness about stigmatization to inform and educate people on the effects of suicide. Properly planned goals can help avoid thoughts of suicide.

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