Perceived reasons for suicidal behaviour among undergraduates in Nigerian Universities
Implication for social work practice
Keywords:Nigerian universities, prevalence, suicide behaviours, suicidal thoughts, social work
The rate of suicide among Nigerian students is alarming and with attendant consequences. This study ascertains the perceived factors that contribute to suicidal behaviours among Nigerian undergraduates, aiming to inform interventions of social workers to curb the menace. An in-depth interview was used to collect data from 24 students of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Thematic analysis was adopted to analyze the data. Frustration, poor academic records, and contact with the internet were found to be the leading causes of suicide. Students buffer suicidal thoughts by their faith in God. Interventions of social workers and religious leaders become pertinent in eradicating suicidal behaviours.