The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency has urged men to speak up when they experience any form of sexual and gender-based violence.
The agency said men should seek help and not die in silence, adding that suicide is not an option.
Speaking at a programme commemorating the 2023 International Men’s Day themed: ‘Zero Male Suicide’ held on Sunday at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa, the Executive Secretary, DSVA, Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, said the agency had curated an initiative tagged ‘Break the silence, don’t take your life, seek help” to discuss various issues that cause depression and other forms of abuse against men.
While informing men of the support services that the state government had put in place to proactively address the issues of abuse, Vivour-Adeniyi said the International Men’s Day was another opportunity to create awareness about sexual and gender-based violence, taking into cognizance of the fact that men could also be victims and survivors.
During his presentation, Director, Special Projects, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr Tolu Ajomale, noted that “Suicide remains one of the leading causes of death worldwide, while just over two in three suicides on a worldwide basis are men, it is important to bring down the suicide rate for both males and females.”
He said suicide could occur at any age and was the fourth highest cause of death among 15-29-year-olds worldwide with over 703,000 individuals committing suicide every year, with many more attempting to do so.