Doctors in the country have blamed media reportage for many of the suicides the country has witnessed in recent times.
The doctors explain that detailed reportage of suicide incidents encourage a phenomenon known as copycat suicides. “Already depressed people will be emboldened to commit suicide and the detailed reportage also teaches people how it is done”, they tell rawgist.com.
They also want lawmakers to decriminalise suicides. They say that people who attempt suicide have serious issues and should rather be helped and not criminalized.
They were speaking at a ceremony held at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital to mark the international day of family medicine.
The programme which was held under the theme “Depression and suicide-The family Physician’s role”, saw several people asking questions on the subject of depression and suicides which have become worrying conditions causing many deaths in Ghana.
National Organizer of the Society of Family Physicians (SOFPOG); Dr. Fred Bedzrah encouraged people to observe each other carefully and recommend mental health treatment if signs of depression are spotted so as to prevent suicides.
The doctors expressed their availability and strong resolve to help the country overcome depression and the numerous suicides that bedevil the country.