Government has vowed to get to the root cause of several suicide cases being recorded among youths in the country.
Copperbelt province permanent secretary Howard Sikwela says it is worrying to see an influx of suicide cases among the youth as a result of depression and substance abuse.
Speaking shortly after an inspection of the kwilimuna youth resource centre currently under construction in Mpongwe, Rev. Sikwela said there is need for more concerted efforts in identifying why youths are resorting to suicide.
“There are too many negative happenings among the youth, we need to find that which is making them commit suicide” He said.
Mpongwe District on the Copperbelt province has continued to record numerous suicides among young people as a result of chronic depression, domestic disputes and substance abuse a development that has raised concern among numerous stakeholders.
Various young men and women in the farming area have resorted to consuming a toxic herbicide known as paraquat commonly used in weed control.
Meanwhile, Rev. Sikwela has implored youths to desist from substance abuse but instead engage in more productive ventures such as agriculture.
Rev Sikwela says youths have continued to indulge in negative vices which have led to early and unplanned pregnancies.
He further emphasized on the need for youths to exercise Maximum self control in their conduct so as to be more productive citizens.