Saturday 24 February 2018

Police investigate if teen (16) took his own life after social media 'game'

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Kenyan police are investigating the case of a teenager who was apparently influenced to take his own life through a social media suicide "challenge".

Nairobi police boss Japheth Koome said officers last week found the body of 16-year-old Jamie Njenga.

Mr Koome said the body was taken to the City Mortuary for a post-mortem examination.

He said there was information that Jamie was influenced by an online game.

Jamie's grandmother Waithera Njenga said her grandson told her he was playing a game that was asking him to mutilate himself.

There are reports from Russia and Brazil of teenagers engaging in a social media challenge that includes self-mutilation and which has an ultimate challenge of suicide.

Relevant helplines that can be accessed by people in distress include: Childline: 1800 66 66 66; Aware: 1800 80 48 48; Samaritans: 116 123 and relevant websites: www.reachout.com, www.aware.iewww.yourmentalhealth.ie, www.jigsaw.ie

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