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Suicide Tendency as an Aftermath of Internal Displacement
in Nigeria: The Need for Psychosocial Support and Education

Chika Eze

College of Education, Department of Educational Foundations,
Veritas University, Abuja (The Catholic University of Nigeria)
chikashcj@gmail.com
Rosemary Okoli

Faculty of the Social Sciences, Department of Social Work,
University of Nigeria, Nsukka
rcbokoli@gmail.com


Abstract

Globally, internally displaced persons (IDPs) are among the most vulnerable people, and suicide tendency is one of the common traits they exhibit. Using three families as case studies, this paper presents internal displacement as an antecedent of selfabnegation including suicide tendency which is a risk factor for sustainable national development. Themes of suicide tendencies and post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD) are highlighted and discussed. The paper concludes that early identification of IDPs, especially those living outside formal displacement camps, early deployment of skilled professionals, early detection and diagnosis of the onset of mental health problems and timely provision of support would help victims to adjust positively to rebuild their lives. It calls for greater involvement of professional counselors, social workers, and all stakeholders towards providing psychosocial support/education in order to assist internally displaced persons manage their experiences.

Keywords: Suicide, Internal displacement, Vulnerable, Self-abnegation, Psychosocial support/education

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