This is why teens in Kenya are committing suicide

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year olds. PHOTO| FILE| NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • He went to an upmarket school and enjoyed unrestricted access to all the fancy gadgets his peers could only dream of.
  • 8 per cent of suicide-related deaths in 2015 occurred in low and middle- income countries. Kenya lies in this bracket.
  • “Parents don’t talk to their children but at them. They mistakenly assume children don’t know or understand what is going on, yet they do.

John*, (not his real name) was 15 when he committed suicide three years ago. He was found hanging from the ceiling in his room. He left a note saying he felt “neglected” by his parents.

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