He (Olalekan) had earlier perched on the railings of the barrier on the bridge.
The presence of a passer by that is recording him with a phone and trying to make him have a rethink of the action he is about to take wouldn’t change his mind.
Lekan gave the horizon a final look, took a dive, landed with a splash in the lagoon and sent ripples across the surface of the water.
The water hyacinths were watching from a distance how Lekan Odunare a depressed young man ended his life.
Depression and suicide
A depressed person may exhibit one or more of these signs before taking suicidal action.
Talking about suicide by making statements such as “I’m tired of this life,” “I am not just getting it right, I wish one should just die and go to rest. ” or “I wish I don’t exist”
Buying, requesting or having in his possession harmful substances like herbicides, drugs, gun or rope.
Withdrawing from friends, family and wanting to be in isolation.
Persistent mood swings, such as being emotionally high one day and deeply dipressed the next day.
Being preoccupied with death, dying or violence
Feeling trapped or helpless about a situation.
Changing normal routine, including eating or sleeping patterns
Doing risky or self-destructive things, such as using drugs, taking alcohol in excess or driving recklessly.
Giving away his belongings or spending without any logical explanation for his actions.
Saying goodbye to people as if they won’t be seen again.
What you must know
Apart from this, there are websites that encourage people to commit $uic!de.
They form a community that teach their members various means of taking their lives.
If a depressed person will always stay glued to the internet it may be a red flag that to be given a prompt attention.
Family and friends
Friends and families have a major role to play in giving depressed persons psychological and medical support to take them out of depression.
Written by: Adegunwa Adenariwo
Security expert and political analyst
First published here