The rise in suicide attempts attributed to failure to resolve personal and interpersonal conflicts are on the rise in various parts of Kalomo district.
Reports availed to Voice of Kalomo indicate a worrying increase in both successful and unsuccessful attempts of suicide, a situation that calls for community involvement as it has a negative mental and psychological effect on society and family.
A week ago, a pregnant woman of Mchuzu village in Chief Sipatunyana is reported to have a drunk a poisonous chemical after a marital dispute.
Medical staff at Munkolo Rural health centre battled nail and tooth to save the life of the woman and her unborn child.
Another woman of Siamweengu village in the same Chiefdom narrowly survived self-induced death after her husband only managed to grab the bottle suspected to have been containing a poisonous substance as she attempted to consume it.
Suicide is fueled by varying factors and depression is one such factor that has sent many, mostly young people to early graves.
According to the latest estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 300 million people are now living with depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015.
Voice of Kalomo Community Radio Station