LC1 chairman’s suicide in Budaka sparks concern for mental health support

Budaka, (UG):- The tranquil village of Nansemenya in Sapiri Parish in Budaka District was Friday left in shock by a tragic incident when their esteemed LC1 chairman Mr Bonna Fredrick, took his own life by hanging himself dead on a mango tree.

The Territorial Police in Budaka, in collaboration with homicide investigators, are currently delving into the circumstances surrounding the suicide of the Lc1 leader.

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According to preliminary investigations at hand, it has been revealed that Mr Bonna had been battling ailing health, plagued by diabetes and high blood pressure. The situation took a turn for the worse on Thursday, prompting concerned family members to encourage him to seek medical attention.

However, the chairman adamantly refused, as if harbouring an unspoken burden, and in the early hours of Friday morning, around 4:00 am, he informed his wife that he needed to visit the latrine.

Tragically, the morning light unveiled a heartbreaking scene in the compound yard glancing at Bonna’s lifeless body hanging from a tree.

The authorities were alerted immediately, and a team of officers meticulously examined the premises before the deceased was taken to Budaka Health Centre IV for a thorough postmortem examination.

The news of Bonna Fredrick’s suicide has sent shockwaves through the community, highlighting the devastating impact of mental health struggles such as depression, frustration, and anger.

In light of this tragedy, local authorities and community leaders urged the public to proactively seek help, counselling, and support from professionals, counsellors, or other support groups.

“We must come together as a community to address the challenges that our fellow members face,” remarked SP Semewo Samuel, the spokesperson for the Bukedi North Region.

“It is crucial that individuals suffering from mental health issues know that they are not alone and that help is readily available,” he added.

The incident serves as a sombre reminder of the importance of prioritizing mental health and fostering a supportive environment that encourages open dialogue and access to appropriate resources.

As the investigation unfolds, authorities say they remain committed to uncovering the underlying factors that contributed to this tragic event and hope is that through increased awareness and support, similar heart-wrenching incidents can be prevented in the future.

“If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues or in crisis, please reach out to the helpline numbers provided by local organizations or seek professional assistance immediately,” police advised.

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