Higher suicide Rate in Poorer Countries. A case of poverty or ignorance?

by Sylvie Tamanda

As a huge fan of the African continent, a 2017 World Bank report on income revealed some shocking facts that made me worry and shake my head in disappointment. I stopped and asked out loud, “Why do so many young people in countries with low incomes kill themselves?” What the heck is going on?!

What is suicide?

Rather than using a dictionary definition, I decided to define suicide as a cowardly way out of one’s pain. Is it possible to have “more than I can handle?” We end our own lives because we are trying to escape the things that are supposed to make us stronger. As someone who has thought about killing themselves, I can promise you that pulling the trigger would have been the biggest mistake of all time… If I weren’t here today, you wouldn’t be reading this article. Yes, there are times when we feel bad, but killing ourselves is not the answer. As long as you live, nothing is permanent, and although troubles may last through the night, joy will surely come in the morning.

How can young people, who are supposed to be the future of their countries, be in such a state of mental anguish and hopelessness?

We often hear that “the youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow,” but our youth seem to have given up on the future they are promised and would rather die than live another day, even if they think tomorrow will be better.

Why are people killing themselves?

If you think the 2017 report is out of date, consider the WHO’s 2021 report, which reaffirmed that suicide is the fourth leading cause of death among people aged 15 to 19 in poor countries, and that it is linked to depression and poverty.

Unfortunately, most people who reach the point of no return often have a long list of people and institutions to blame, with the government being the most likely source of their suffering.

Even if this is true, I won’t use this article to add salt to the injury that most young  people already have. Some people blame the government, while others blame their poor parents, their brother or sister, their uncles, or anyone else they can think of… anyone but themselves! So I’d rather preach about good things and healing or say nothing at all.

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If you think being poor is the end of the world, you should think again…. Poverty is a temporary situation that can be changed if you decide to take action and kick poverty out of your life and the lives of your family members. It begins right there, right now, with you and only you!

Does God create poor people?

God is not in the business of creating poor or rich people, he is only in the business of creating people and what we each make of the resources that he has made available to every human under the sun.

Despite the fact that the socioeconomic situation in most developing countries may make it more difficult for people to live and thrive in such environments… This morning, I read a powerful quote by Tony Robbins that I’d like you to consider. He stated “We have the ability to change our lives. We can do, have, and be whatever we want.”

What can poor people do to change their lives?

The good news is that I agree with what Mr. Robbins said in every way… I know a young man in Cameroon, a country in West Africa, who has had a lot of bad luck. He always thought that life had dealt him a bad hand, so people and the government were to blame for his financial problems. After 7 days of intense coaching on awareness, abundance, and action, he changed everything about his life and started over. He took full responsibility for his life and began with what he had, where he was, and who he could help.

Poverty can be ended if everyone wakes up to this fact and decides to go out into the world with the goal of serving and making their neighbour’s life better. It shouldn’t be a show for just one person or one percentile. It has to be a show for the whole community, where everyone gets involved.

Titus is doing a great job on the new path he has found. He told me today that he has decided to give 20 women in his village the tools they need to use the rich soil God has given them to grow vegetables that can be sold at local markets. He said, “I’m really praying for this project to work, because it has the potential to make the community less poor.” He spent XAF 2500 on seeds, XAF 10,000 to clear the land, and XAF 9000 on herbicide. This young man is about to change his life and the lives of those around him for less than $50. This is how our young people should see the future. Not depression and poverty, because what we’re most afraid of will happen to us like it did to Job (Job 3:25).

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God has blessed us all equally, with a one-of-a-kind gift that no one else has. That is your wealth, ready for you to tap into and maximise. God expects you to steward everything he has given you, beginning where you are and with what you have. Titus began with $50; what can you begin with?

The problem with our youth is grand thoughts without action. We all want white collar jobs, and no one wants their hands dirty. We want nice cars, fancy shoes and expense gadgets, which we can’t afford… Its time to revisit our priorities.

Depression and suicide should have no place in our communities! The reason why Canada and the United states have these generous immigration schemes is because they need young blood to replace their aging and unemployable populations.

Youth and their strength are and should be the pride of every nation, no matter how bad the government manages resources or how stingy an aunty, uncle, sibling, or whoever is. Young people must seize control of their own destinies and be the change they want to see in the world.

What’s your excuse?

If you don’t have any money, all you have is your hands… Good! Go get a job, make some money, and start a side business… You can learn more about the world and how it works by reading books, listening to useful podcasts, or watching useful videos. No one else is in charge of how you grow as a person. After all, God can’t bless something that hasn’t been worked on. Day and night, read the book of proverbs. Most of the problems you and I face today were already dealt with by King Solomon a long time ago.

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Enough of the bloodshed and to more hope, joy, love and prosperity!

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