By Patience Lunda:
Concerned with rising cases of suicide in the country, gospel musician Rudo Mkukupa Chakwera has started organising mental health sessions in secondary schools across the country.
The singer has introduced the sessions barely three weeks after she released a track titled ‘Can’t Let Go’ as one way of stemming the tide of suicide cases in the country.
Speaking in an interview after holding a mental health session at Luwinga Secondary School in Mzuzu on Friday, Rudo said youths are the most affected group on issues of suicide.
“This problem is not for one person and the government cannot solve the problem alone. As such, all people in the country have to rise up and find solutions to the challenge,” Rudo said.
On his part, Luwinga Secondary School Deputy Head teacher Samuel Msoka described the gesture by the gospel musician as timely, saying the school has been registering cases of drug and substance abuse among some students, a driving factor of mental health problems.
“We are grateful that students have been sensitised to mental health issues,” he said.
Uchindami Chavula, student, described the session as an eye-opener, adding that this should be extended to all students across the country.
Rudo said she is targeting schools in all the regions of the country.
Malawi Police Service records indicate that 208 people committed suicide from January to August this year and, in October alone, a total of 58 people killed themselves.