The concern is growing in the East African country of Kenya over an alarming rise in suicides. According to police, more than 500 people in the country took their lives in the first six months of 2021, more than in all 2020. The case in 2022 too is worrying.
Kenya suicide rate for 2019 was 6.10, a 1.67% increase from 2018. Kenya suicide rate for 2018 was 6.00, a 7.14% increase from 2017. Kenya suicide rate for 2017 was 5.60, a 3.7% increase from 2016. Kenya suicide rate for 2016 was 5.40, a 1.82% decline from 2015
In Kenya, WHO data estimates that 1408 people commit suicide yearly, or simply put, four deaths daily, a number that is higher than what the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics reported for 2018: 421 deaths
Depression is the major cause of suicide in Kenya
Kenya has been ranked sixth with the highest number of depression cases among African countries by a World Health Organisation report. In the report released last Friday, a total of 1.9 million depression cases were reported in Kenya by last year
Recent estimates from the WHO show that over 300 million people around the world are depressed. Kenya, not an exception of this global picture, has about 1.9 million depression cases.
SHame, punishment and fear major causes of suucide.
Economic hardships exacerbated by the pandemic as well as the stigma surrounding suicide attempt survivors are seen as possible reasons behind the mental health crisis reaching a new peak.
Janet Kerubo Otwori, an orphaned student in Kenya, thought she would be accepted to the Kereri Girls High School after excelling in her exams. She trekked to the school with her uniform paired with slippers to get herself registered on August 2. But she was sent away because she did not have school fees and her guardian wasn’t able to afford it.
Next, she drank pesticide to end her life. Otwori was luckily saved after she was rushed to the hospital. She made it to her dream school with the help of police officers who raised funds for her education
“This is basically saying that suicide attempt is stigmatised both from the community level and religious level. The general atmosphere (around the issue) is shame, punishment and fear,” Dr Murabula told
This week, AFC Leopards woke up to some sad news that their number one female fan had taken her life. Cases of suicide and or attempted suucide by fans of this legendary club are not new. Sometimes back, another female fan took her life over marital issues.
Sad goodbye note by Rose Osore.
To many, she was fondly called big mama. Big both in frame and at heart. Nobody would have imagined that the ever smiling and ready to help lady would succumb to life pressures and prematurely put an end to a nice prose she was writing about life.
During Ingwe’s financial turbulence, Rozzie was at forefront with the 1k initiative rallying fellow fans to raise money to help the ailing club. She would personally raise money and distribute to players who were mainly foreigners. In short, Rozzie Osore was an epitome of that next door neighbour always ready and willing to help.
….what a pity, she ended her own life……
Rossie Osore who was undergoing treatment for some terminal ailment could not cope with the pressure. She felt deserted, hopeless and broke. Filled with shame, she couldnt stand begging for survival since her failing heakth ciuld not allow her to hustle her way out.
With a simple note, she ended it.
And just like inMacbeth’s tragedy she dropped a note and ended it.
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Fans mourn Osore.
It’s with a very heavy heart that we wish to announce the loss of one our ardent Ingwelets Rozzie Osore of the Kayole Branch. Her death was untimely and didn’t have to happen if we all mastered the Art of Being Our Sister’s and Brother’s keepers. Her’s was a painful and death of despair and depression. We failed her as a family. Sleep well and heartfelt condolences to family and friends. Shalom.~Eric Angabya..Kayole.
Omukhana wa Nanguri coach
May your soul rest in peace 🕊️ Rhouzie Osore omukhana we Nyapeta🕊️~Valentine Tessy.
I am saddened by the death of one of us. She was a member here and a big fan of #RumBa music. Rumba fraternity are mourning one of their own. Rest in peace RHOUZI OSORE.~Bethuel Rator.
Fellow Kenyans and Ingwe fans, depression is real. Lets keep tabs on our friends.
We mourn you Rozzie Osore. Go well