Suicide Prevention in Nigeria: Can Community Pharmacists Have a Role?

Somto Chike-Obuekwe, Nicola J. Gray, Hayley C. Gorton

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Suicide is a global public health problem and is among the leading causes of death worldwide. Over 700,000 people die by suicide globally each year, affecting all ages, genders, and regions. Community pharmacists are easily accessible and trusted frontline healthcare professionals. They provide pharmaceutical care to the community, yet their role is still yet to be fully optimised. With the expanding role of community pharmacists and their constant accessibility to the local population, they could have a potential role in suicide prevention and awareness in Nigeria through restriction of means, signposting to services, and conversations with patients built on trusting relationships. In this commentary, we review the literature on the involvement of community pharmacists in suicide prevention. In addition, we discuss the potential role of community pharmacists in Nigeria through establishing trusting relationships with patients, clinical counselling, and medication gatekeeping, given the existing gaps in knowledge and awareness of suicide prevention within community settings. This commentary also outlines potential barriers and solutions, making suggestions for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Article number109
Number of pages8
Issue number5
Early online date2 Sept 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2022


  • mental health
  • suicide
  • suicide prevention
  • pharmacy
  • community pharmacists
  • low-middle income country
  • Nigeria


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