It is with profound sadness that the Students and Youth Working on Reproductive Health Action Team (SAYWHAT) received the news of the death of Desire M Mugoma, a Development Studies student at the Great Zimbabwe University, who committed suicide due to relationship issues. SAYWHAT extends its heartfelt condolences to his friends and family, members of his community and the Great Zimbabwe University who are currently grieving his loss.
Desire, was a bright young men with great potential and his loss is devastating. Young people face many challenges in which are linked with their mental health.
The reality of disputes in relationships is an ever present reality among students. However, suicide must never be the answer in the event of a fall out in a relationship and a collective effort must be made to ensure that young men who experience such challenges know that they are not alone, and are presented with options so that they are able to make choices which are best for them.
These incidents also call upon us to examine our support group initiatives so that young people are presented with a space to express themselves and be heard and assisted. In recent times, the numbers of suicide cases amongst young people in tertiary institutions has also been on the increase, making it necessary to strengthen existing support systems. This includes making counselling services widely available and accessible. Suicide cases remain on the rise in Zimbabwe with a suicide rate at 14.1 %, males and females make up 20% and 8.8% suicide rate which shows the urgency needed to avail all the necessary support systems young people need..
Desire Mugoma was a flame who shone bright but was extinguished too soon. Let us work together to preserve the lives, well-being and happiness of our young people so that they are able to reach their full potential.
May Desires soul rest peacefully.