By CAROLINE NJUNG’E More by this Author Befrienders Kenya, an organisation that offers free counselling services to those at risk of taking their own lives, receives at least 100 distress calls and 300 emails every month.Majority of those that make this crisis contact are young people between teenage hood and the early 30s.Hiram Chomba, a psychotherapist who specialises in suicidology and who is part of the team that formed the organisation in 2007, says this year alone their website has received 78,600 visits already.This translates to an average of over 1,000 visits per day. Last year, the site recorded 219,809 visits.“Most of those that reach out to us are young people. The recurring issue many cite is relational difficulties with their parents, and majority of them come from single-parent backgrounds. “These young people have lots of self-esteem issues, which in turn lead to relational difficulty with peers and the opposite sex,” Chomba explains. Related Stories University suicides: Students bare it all Depression: Victims speak on silent killer Advertisement There is a rise in the number of students in high school seeking their services, sometimes without their parent’s knowledge, he adds.TRIGGERSAnother common trigger of suicidal thoughts, citing those that contact their… Read full this story
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