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The cultural and socio-economic causes of suicide



The cultural and socio-economic causes of suicide The cultural and socio-economic causes of suicide[/caption] The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that approximately 1 million people worldwide die each year from suicide. Many readers will be shocked to know that five out of the ten deaths recorded as daily average are caused by suicide. We may wonder as to what drives such a large number of our compatriots, many of them very young, to take their own lives. It seems rather far-fetched for people who have not been touched by the cruel hand of suicidal depression and despair before. For many of these unfortunate people, suicide was never their primary option but a suicidal person can be faced by such inner turmoil that the resort to self-harm or even death, seems a great relief. What is more disturbing is the involvement of young people, some as young as ten or eleven years, in suicides.   Underlying social factors Why would someone want to end his or her own life? There are numerous reasons for this terrible situation. They differ on basis of sex, age, culture and level of development in which a person finds his or herself. The easy availability of means and coaching on social media in recent times makes it even more disturbing.   In Ghana, seemingly insignificant things have been known to drive people into suicidal tendencies. Issues that usually escape the attention of friends, close relatives and work colleagues. For instance, certain aspects of our rich Ghanaian culture often trigger the development of mental health problems and suicidal tendencies, especially in young men. For instance, men are supposed to be the stronger partners in marriage. That perception requires the man of the family to behave in a certain way and put on a brave face even when things are not going well socially or financially. A man is expected to exercise power over his wife, be the higher wage earner and bear the lion’s share of the family’s finances. A man is expected to be a high achiever.   Young men who do not live up to these societal expectations often feel unwanted and isolated and think themselves as failures, leading to suicidal thoughts. As ‘powerhouses’ it is deemed weak for men to seek the needed professional or even friendly assistance. Cultural norms make it difficult for men to open up and seek help with the fear of their privacy being violated. There is a rather archaic Ghanaian philosophy that says ‘men do not cry’. As a result, these issues end up being bottled up leading to serious mental health problems.   The youth   Our Ghanaian culture also puts a lot of pressure on young people, particularly teenagers. Our everyday lives keep on changing making it difficult for teenagers to fit in. In Ghana, all teenagers must go to school and be on top of whatever they do. Limited facilities within our institutions of higher learning mean that there is intense competition for admission to the relatively fewer good senior high schools and universities available. This intense competition often leaves girls, in particular into vulnerable positions whereby they must offer sexual favours to unscrupulous adults, especially teachers, with promises of better grades or assistance towards admission to good schools. Many such young girls often become pregnant and in in their attempts to hide their conditions from parents and guardians, resort to unsafe abortions or simply take their own lives, “to end it all.”   For many teenagers and even pre-teens, the availability of sexually explicit videos and images on social media often lead to experimentations that mess up their schooling, leading to depression and other mental health problems and even suicides. Parental and peer group expectations of   certain career paths and social status sometimes lead to lack of personal fulfilment. Such situations can also lead to depression and the resort to self-harm. In other instances, career paths are forced on young people, especially by middle class parents and other family members. Such situations can lead to lack of self -esteem and self-harm.   In some Ghanaian homes the relationships between parents and sometimes among siblings – constant fights and yelling, unnecessary comparisons to other siblings or relatives, unceasing arguments with parents and guardians, constantly push young people and teenagers in particular, to the wall. These conditions can lead to bouts of depression, self-harm and suicide.   Religion is an important part of Ghanaian culture. However, certain religious practices like ‘anointing’, false prophesies, and deliverance also contribute to mental health challenges and suicide. Charlatans promise young people mouth-watering overseas travelling opportunities which are rarely ever fulfilled, thus leading their victims into depression, mental health problems and suicide. Then there are those who dabble in occultic practices that sometimes lead to depression and suicidal tendencies.   Economic factors.   Some recent studies have highlighted the role of economic factors like hunger, poverty and unemployment in mental health and of suicidal behaviour. Economic adversities have been found to result in feelings of entrapment, helplessness and hopelessness. These in turn, give rise to depression and suicidal tendencies. In times of economic hardship, many people, particularly men, often find it difficult to meet family needs. The resulting shame and despair, in extreme cases, force people to decide to end their lives.   For example, a young peasant farmer takes a loan to cultivate cash crops. Unfortunately, because of ours is largely rain-fed agriculture, if the rains do not fall adequately, crops fail and our young friend is saddled with debts. For some young people, the shame and stress of indebtedness with no hope of repayment sometimes leads to a resort to suicide.   Then there is the young person whose parents sell the family heirloom to educate him or her hoping that his or her university education would land them a well-paid job. This young person graduates and is unable to find the dream or even the most basic of job, to earn a living in order to attain some level of independence and self-worth. Meanwhile they see their friends, some of whom were less bright than they were “moving ahead in life.” This often leads to some young women taking to prostitution while others hop from one married man to another, to keep body and soul together. The result for such young people is sometimes bouts of depression and suicidal thoughts.   There are other socio-economic causes of suicide, such as age-related emotional and body pains, breakup of marriages, loss of loved one, rape, examination failure, racism and experiences of discrimination. With all these traumatic events that tend to trigger mental health problems, there are no support systems to help people who become suicidal. Lots of lives have been lost because there are no fall back positions for the unfortunate compatriots who fall victim to these situations.   The primary support system being family and friends have been ripped apart by superstition, social media and societal distractions. We have been so totally engrossed in the rat race that the operating axiom seems to be, “’Each one for himself, God for us all.”   Something has got to give. There is the need for public education on this troubling menace.  There must be help lines, life lines, anti-suicide advocacy, structured free counselling websites. There is an urgent need for work place discussion groups, school counselling departments and special clinics within hospitals and local areas.   New beginning Suicide is probably as big an issue today as HIV Aids was some thirty years ago. It affects people in all strands of society and its effects are particularly devastating among young people around the world. The causes are many and varied. However, many cases of self-harm or suicide could be avoided if those with mental health problems could find the appropriate help.   In Ghana, our culture and lifestyles are largely responsible for a high proportion of the socio-economic issues that drive people to self-harm and suicide. Culture is dynamic, which means we can do away with some of the cultural practices and perceptions that push people to the brink, often resulting in suicide. Our attitudes to everyday life in no small measure contribute to the pressures that lead some people to suicide. We need to do some soul searching as a people so we can begin to see ourselves as part of the problem and therefore necessarily part of the solution as well.]]>


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5 Ways to Get More YouTube Views



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Promolta shares the 5 best ways to get more views on your YouTube videos. If you follow these tips, your videos will gain more traction. (more…)

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Simon El-Longwell reveals his intents for PUSAG Presidency 2022



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The mantle of leadership transcends from one generation to another successive one which builds a large prospects of development in our various institutions, organizations and perhaps countries. (more…)

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Crazy online gaming Wins: Biggest in the world!



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The online gaming and esports industry has boomed in recent years, with millions of individuals taking part in these games worldwide.

With such explosive growth, there have consequently been a number of substantial prize purses, made all the more fascinating due to their sheer magnitude. Similarly, staggering winnings are sometimes seen by online gamblers, too. For example,’BetMGM Awards Over $800K’ was recently in the news in one lucky US state.

While we can’t tell you how to get lucky when gambling or gaming online, we are going to show you some of the biggest wins from online gaming. 

How do Gamers Win Money? 

Below, we’re going to show you how gamers have made money by winning some of the most prestigious online gaming tournaments in the world. But, there are other ways these professional gamers make money


Some have paid sponsorships and partnerships with gaming companies, computer brands, and even global giant drinks manufacturers like Red Bull and Mountain Dew. 


Others are paid salaries from the teams or leagues they belong to – it really is just like any other sport in this regard. 

1. Fortnite World Cup (2019) – $30.4 million 

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It’s no secret that Fortnite is one of the most popular video games in the world right now, and the first-ever Fortnite World Cup is also one of the highest-ever online gaming wins.

In 2019, over $30 million was awarded to the winning players – the winning solo player, Kyle Giersdorf, took home $3 million, while David W and Emil Pedersen split $3 million between them as the top-ranking duo. 


Winning contests isn’t the only way players earn from Fortnite, though. It also has a huge following on Twitch, with many gamers making a decent amount of money from live-streaming their gameplay to their adoring fans. 


Fans have to pay to subscribe to their favorite channels, and there are often different tiers available for those who wish to show more support. So, for someone streaming a popular game such as Fortnite, this is a great way to make a steady income. 

2. Honor of Kings World Championship Cup (2021) – $7.7 million 

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Last year’s Honor of Kings tournament, the World Championship Cup, was hosted in Beijing. Twelve teams of the best Honor of Kings players entered the contest, with the winning team ultimately taking home a cool $7.7 million between them. 


The battle was closely fought between two teams, Gank Gaming and QG Happy, with the latter eventually coming in the number-one spot and claiming the colossal prize. 


The tournament is going to be even bigger in 2022, with a prize pool of $10 million for the winning team. It’s expected that 16 teams will take part in this year’s event. 

3. Call of Duty League Championship (2020) – $4.6 million 

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Call of Duty has been popular for almost two decades – fans were playing the series long before online gaming and esports became big. But, it’s only more recently that players have been able to make considerable sums of money from playing their favorite first-person shooter. 


Call of Duty is so popular it’s not just one event but an entire league dedicated to it! At the end of the League, Dallas Empire won the Championship event and netted themselves the tidy sum of $1.5 million. 


4. The International 10 (2020) – $40 million 

Dota 2’s annual championship event in 2020 was the biggest of its kind to date, and one of the biggest ever online gaming wins ever. With a total prize fund of $40 million, it’s no surprise that the 16 teams who entered fought so fiercely to emerge victorious. 


After various rounds and stages, Team Spirit from Russia netted themselves over $18 million to share between them. The tournament was held in Bucharest, Romania, at the Arena Naţională. 

Final Thoughts

Aren’t esports exciting? It’s one of the fastest-growing industries in the world, and it has only just begun to hit its stride. So, expect the prize funds given out at these tournaments to grow year on year. 


If you keep practicing your favorite game, maybe you too could one day join the likes of these players and teams above and become a multi-millionaire overnight. 

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Itel Ghana Donates Library and School Items worth GHC40,000 to Ayikai Dablo M/A school



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Itel Ghana this Friday 24th June 2022  embarked on yet another corporate social responsibility project themed “ itel Wandering Library Project” in the Ayikai Doblo M/A Basic School. (more…)

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African-centric video games leap forward



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The number of gamers has skyrocketed in Africa, going from 77 million in 2015 to over 185 million by the end of 2021. Driven by ever-improving Internet access and the increasing affordability of smartphones, mobile gaming is leading the way. Estimations project that nearly 95% of African gamers use mobile devices. With 650 million smartphones in circulation, the mobile gaming market is even expected to grow at an annual 12%. And as gaming booms across the continent, so thrives the demand for games made in Africa. (more…)

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Best small business ideas to promote online



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If you have a passion for doing something but are lacking the capital you may be wondering how to start a small business with little money. Well, you are not alone. There are thousands of people just like you who are looking for the best ways to make money. The internet is a great resource for finding your clients. On the platforms like, you can use your skills and expertise to start your own small business and offer your services to sell a product online.

First, you must decide on your small business idea. Before choosing an idea, be sure to get some input from friends and family members. Often, they can help you come up with ideas that will help you earn money while still having a great time. And don’t forget to have fun while working! It’s very important to find a business idea that you can enjoy.

Starting a small business in Сanada

You have decided that starting a small business in Canada is the right choice for you. While it might seem like an overwhelming task, it does not have to be. You can start your own business while working your current job and still have time to devote to your new venture. Start by developing a business plan, which will outline your goals, milestones and success measures. Some of the most important parts of a business plan include the objective of the business, the market position, the competitive landscape, financials, and target market information. Before submitting your plan, you should know the differences between the various business structures that are available in Canada.

A winning business idea is essential to starting a small business. When creating your business plan, focus on the latest technologies and trends, and fill a gap in your local industry. You should also consider the needs and interests of potential customers to ensure that you have a profitable business. 

Small business ideas for little money

There are countless small business ideas for little money out there, but which one is right for you? While money is always a motivation to get started, there’s more to the idea than just making money. To find the right idea for you, bounce it off of friends and family to get their feedback. Also, don’t be afraid to have fun while you’re working! Listed below are some of the most popular small businesses:

  • Handyperson. One of the best small business ideas to start is to provide a service. Although this may not be the most passive form of self-employment, it is a viable choice if you have specific skills and time that others would be willing to pay for. Such businesses can range from home repairs to building construction. To be a handyman you don’t need a large amount of capital to get started.
  • Furniture assembling. If you know how to assemble Ikea furniture, you can start a profitable business. As the popularity of Ikea furniture grows, you can expand the service to other areas. Who knows maybe someday you grow into a full furniture factory.
  • The pet industry is also ripe for small business ideas. From grooming services to dog walking services there are countless opportunities. Dog walking is a common service, and you can set a schedule for walks and charge a flat rate. You can also offer pet boarding services if you are interested in earning extra money. 
  • Video content making. If you want to run a small business, you can opt for video production. Video content is popular across various social media platforms and on the internet. Whether you wish to produce videos for your own business or for clients, you can learn the skills of cutting, editing and shooting videos. Even if you do not have any previous experience in video production, there are many online courses that will teach you the skills.
  • If you’ve recently quit your job and still have the expertise to offer, you can turn that knowledge into a business. Consulting services, for example, are in high demand, with a $263.5 billion market expected by 2022. You can turn your knowledge and experience into a business by filling a need in the market. Many consultants are needed across different industries, and they charge for their services.

These small business ideas are a great source of extra cash, and they’ll also give you a sense of independence. So, start today. Don’t wait until your next paycheck is coming in – invest in yourself and your small business idea today.fee4bee small business ideas img2

How to promote small businesses online?

There are many cost-effective ways to promote small businesses online. Two models of promoting your business online include your own website promotion and cooperation with grand marketplaces.

Not for all the local businesses you need a business website. You have to build high-quality landing pages on your site and budget for large expenses so that the website generates income. 

If you don’t have the time or the budget to do this yourself, you can consider alternative ways to promote online. Social media presence and services marketplaces are great places to list your business for free. These sites are often well-known with high search engine rankings. Listed businesses tend to get local customers. Profiles on these marketplaces don’t take long to set up and can help you promote your business to nearby customers. 

Reviews are another way to get local customers to try your business. Word-of-mouth can be very powerful for your small business. Getting customer feedback on services platforms is the best. This way, potential customers can read what others have to say about your business and decide if it is the one for them.

Another free way to promote your business is through social media. Tik-tok, Instagram, and Pinterest are among the most popular social media sites. Make sure to include your contact information on your page, and create useful and engaging content to attract users. These platforms are great for local businesses because they can promote their products and services 24/7.

Using video on your social media is a great way to reach a wide audience for free. Also, you can use hashtags and contests to increase your exposure. Update your profile regularly. And don’t forget to follow your competitors, too. These social media sites are a great way to reach local customers.


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