Students of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) are raising concern over the conditions on campus they say play major role in students sometimes contemplating and sometimes succeeding in committing suicide.
On Tuesday, social media was awash with a video of a medical student hanging from the eighth floor in one of the hostels on campus.
His attempt was however thwarted when student sounded the alarm and managed to pull him back onto the balcony.
Pictures of notes circulating claiming to be the student’s would-be suicide note attributed his decision to sleep paralysis, seeing demons and not enough reason to continue living.
A KNUST student, Nana Ama in an interview with Starr News said several existing conditions on campus leaves students predisposed to taking their own lives.
“…are Counsellors available, are they at our disposal, do we know them? Do they just show up when there a problem? These questions are to be answered by the authorities. We have counselling centre, we have peer counsellors, we have hall consellors, but do we know them? I will say as a university we have failed in that. There’s too much tension, there’s too much pressure in the school in the sense that there’s no form of entertainment unless you have your own money to treat yourself or take yourself out.
She added: “A whole lot of things have been banned, we are always going to school, from class to church, church to class, there’s no hall week, there’s no moral. Friday evening, I will walk from Brunei to Konti just to witness moral, it was just to calm me down. How they will sing the song, when you are done, you just come back to your room. This is the situation, there’s nothing like that, there’s no hall week, after mid-sem Monday you continue with serious studies. Nothing at all, nothing. So of this is happening whom are we to blame. You will just see a letter tomorrow or probably today with people saying you can reach out to me, talk to your college counselors. After two days, it will be a dead case.
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Meanwhile; the second-year medical science student of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) who recently attempted suicide is now in stable condition and receiving treatment from doctors and counsellors, according to the university’s management.
The incident occurred on Tuesday night when the student tried to jump from the balcony of the fifth floor of the Brunei hostel.
Fortunately, some of his colleagues were able to prevent the attempt and pull him back up, after which he was immediately taken to the hospital.
Dr. Daniel Norris Bekoe, the Public Relations Officer of KNUST, emphasized the importance of seeking timely support from counsellors and discouraged students from resorting to suicide.
“For now, he is stable and investigations are ongoing to find out the cause of his attempted suicide and the various support systems that we can afford him.”
The university has urged media outlets to refrain from disclosing the image and name of the student to the public.
He added that steps will be taken to contact these media houses and request the removal of such details, as they have the potential to exacerbate the student’s situation.
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