Don Dungwi

Tue, 22/11/2022 - 10:33

Mental health expert, Donald Salamba, has attributed the rising cases of suicide to social media's sensationalisation of the issue.

According to Salamba, some media platforms are handling the issue childishly and are taking pleasure in the misconduct.

"Imagine, reporting how someone committed suicide. That is not acceptable. We don't need to sensationalise the issue," he said.

Salamba, a mental health consultant counsellor, urged social media administrators to stop reporting on the issue if curtailing the pandemic is to be achieved.

"The human nature is very complex. Others would commit suicide because they heard that someone had committed suicide to escape a minor problem than their's," he added.

Statistics from the Malawi police show that over 200 people have committed suicide this year alone.