Suicides on South Coast increase from page 1

2015-07-09 06:00

James said one of the most common features found in a large percentage of suicides and/or suicidal behaviour is that the person will once or more express their suicidal ideas.

“This therefore is a very important sign to watch out for and to take seriously.

“Rather than to dismiss these ideas and statements, people should suggest that the person­ seeks professional help - someone to talk to, who will listen confidentially­ without judgment and who can help the individual develop­ coping mechanisms.”

Unfortunately, there is no local support group or group therapy, mediated by a health-care professional that exists on the South Coast, but James said she would like to start one.

Support centres

Lifeline Durban Crisis line: 031 312 2323

Medpages: gives a list of local psychologists and therapists.

Hospital casualty sections


Depression and Anxiety support group: 011 234 4837 or 0800 20 50 26

Substance abuse line: 0800 12 13 14

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