13 Sep 2013 05:20
WINDHOEK, 13 SEP (NAMPA) Another young man allegedly took his own life by hanging himself from a tree in the capital on Thursday.
The deceaseds lifeless body was discovered by a passerby on Friday morning between Hereford Street in Katutura and the Lafrenz industrial area.
City Police officials suspect the man took his life during the course of Thursday evening.
The City Police - assisted by the Namibian Police Force - cordoned off the area on Friday as hundreds of curious onlookers flocked to the scene, making it difficult for them to carry out their duties.
The Windhoek Emergency Services also had to assist in lowering the body.
We understand sometimes that life is not what we want it to be. We understand sometimes the pressures of life can be overwhelming, but we as the City Police extend an open hand to those who feel they cannot cope with life anymore.
We can assist you to ensure you get help, Superintendent Helena Mootseng told Nampa at the scene.
The impact of suicide changes many things as there might be siblings, relatives or other loved ones whose lives now take dramatic turn when someone within that family takes his/her own life, she added.
Some of the deceaseds relatives also came to the scene, and were visibly shocked at what they witnessed.
One of them told this agency on condition of anonymity that the deceased was recently retrenched from his job, which could be the reason for his action.
Police investigations into the matter continue, as no suicide note was found at the scene.
Also on 05 September 2013, a man allegedly hung himself from a tree along the Western Bypass near the International University of Management (IUM).
Meanwhile, a local clinical psychologist recently said Namibia has one of the highest rates of suicide in the world.
Dr Shaun Whittaker was quoted by the New Era newspaper as saying that this time of the year until the end of the year sees a relatively high number of suicides being recorded, compared to any other period.
He said unemployed young people are often likely to take their own lives because of financial pressures.
This is because they are unable to make financial contributions. This creates in them a sense of worthlessness and depression, Whittaker explained.