• Globally, close to 800,000 people die of suicide every year with an estimated 78 per cent of cases occurring in low- and middle-income countries.
A police constable died by suicide moments after he had shot and injured his wife at Bondo Police Station in Siaya County.
Police said he first shot and injured the wife before turning the gun on himself.
Bondo Sub-county Police Commander Ibrahim Kosi said the deceased officer, Michael Kyalo, reported for work as per routine Friday July 7 where he was issued with a rifle.
However, instead of heading towards his designated post, Kyalo walked to his house where the incident happened on Saturday morning.
Kyalo's wife, who was shot in the buttocks, is currently nursing injuries at Bondo Sub-County Hospital while the body of the deceased was moved to the same facility's morgue.
Investigations into the incident are ongoing, police said linking the shooting to stress at work.
Such cases are linked to societal stress which has caused many murder and suicide incidents, police said.
Up to three cases of suicide are reported daily in the country in an alarming rate.
Cases of suicide have been on the rise this year and authorities blame the trend on mental distress.
Police handled 499 cases in 2019, and 575 in 2020.
At least 313 people are reported to have taken their lives between January and July 2021.
Majority of the victims were male, police reports say.
There is a drive to address the menace.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) says such cases are attributed to joblessness, the breakup of relationships or a death, academic failures or pressures.
Others include legal difficulties, financial difficulties, bullying, previous suicide attempts, history of suicide in a family, alcoholism and substance misuse, depression and bipolar disorder.
Globally, close to 800,000 people die of suicide every year with an estimated 78 per cent of cases occurring in low- and middle-income countries.
Counselors, medics, and psychologists advise that you can always reach out for help when experiencing any mental health issues. Call Kenya Red Cross toll-free hotline, 1199 for support.