Concerned by the rate of drug abuse and suicide attempts in the country, DTA Health Support Foundation, a non-governmental organization, recently held a peace walk and sensitization campaign to engage the masses on the dangers of depression and drug abuse in the society.
The sensitization campaign, which was carried out in Ife, the Osun state capital, gathered students and concerned youth with a passion to reach out to people (especially youths) continually on the many ills of depression and substance abuse, which creates further harm to the emotional, psychological and mental state of humans.
The group, in their numbers, stormed the main campus of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and Ife community on Friday, August 10, 2018.
The awareness campaign was carried out by DTA in partnership with AIESEC Ife, LAUTECH Medical Students’ Association, Pharmaceutical Association of Nigerian Students’ OAU chapter and ‘One Voice’ Initiatives – which was proudly sponsored by G-Afrik Crypto and Logistics Ltd.
Suicide has become a major threat to human existence and the nation’s health security, thus, many lives have been wasted due to this virus called depression – which is the major cause of suicide in our environment. Presently, Nigeria ranks 5th in the world’s suicide watch, with over 100,000 unreported cases, annually.
However, Drug and Substance Abuse has also been on the increase. So many adults, teens and even older ones are seriously abusing different drugs and substances like Codeine, Tramadol, Heroin and lots more.
In respect to all these, DTA Health Support Foundation launched a project tagged: “Fight against Suicide and Substance abuse” on the 28th of March, 2018 to address the malignant abuse of all these drugs and substances.
Speaking to our correspondent, DTA’s founder and initiator, Ayilola Ayotomiwa Elisha said: “We brought the campaign to Obafemi Awolowo University and the city of Ile-Ife to increase sensitization and create so much awareness about the dangers of drug abuse and the virus called depression.
“We were able to touch the nooks and cranny of Ile-Ife (OAU campus, Mayfair, and Lagere) up to the Palace of Ooni where we had a moment with His Imperial Majesty Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja Il, the Ooni of Ife.
“We also admonished the youth and those depressed in any way to try and reach out to someone or see a doctor. Ending ones life is never a solution to what you are presently passing through, it only pass on the agony and sorrow to your loved ones. Drug and Substance Abuse can only land one in the grave or mental hospital. Join us as we eradicate this from our society.
“If you need any help, kindly send us a mail through this email address firstname.lastname@example.org or call this number 07038460978. You can also visit our website www.dta-foundation.com . We promise to keep your stories confidential”.
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