Suicide: The warnings signs

2018-01-25 06:01
A KTC man, believed to be suicidal, tried to jump off the pedestrian bridge on the N2, took off after many hours after being conviced otherwise

A KTC man, believed to be suicidal, tried to jump off the pedestrian bridge on the N2, took off after many hours after being conviced otherwise

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Police have urged residents to be on the lookout for signs of depression and take suicidal tendencies from family members seriously.

This follows two incidents in the past week that have raised eyebrows from those who have witnessed such events.

Last Thursday, a KTC man tried to jump off the pedestrian crossing adjacent to the Airport Industria and Barcelona, that straddles the N2 .

The incident led to a prolonged road closure for hours on end, backing up traffic to the City and from Somerset West.

The men eventually acceded to requests to go leave the crossing after pleas from police and City suicide negotiators.

Later, in a video doing the rounds on social media, onlookers could be seen throwing stones and hurling insults at the man as he departs from the structure.

In another incident on Saturday, a woman from Philippi was found hanging from the roof of house.

She was found with her 11 month old baby, who showed signs of strangulation.

Police Spokeswoman Ntomboxolo Sitshitshi said: “The baby was also found dead in bed with blood in her nose in Sagoloda Street in Browns Farm. It is alleged the deceased had some personal problems and ended her life by suicide.

It is suspected the child was strangled but we await post mortem results which will indicate the cause of the death of the baby.”

Sitshitshi added that an inquest docket has been opened to probe the deaths.

She has warned the community to take signs of depression seriously and not disregard warnings to commit suicide by troubled individuals.

“As human beings we sometimes battle with the idea that there are people attempting to commit suicide. We become very judgemental and vocal on the subject of someone taking his or her life.

The one main misperception we have about people with suicidal thoughts, is that it is not their desire to die, but a desire to escape their emotional pain.

When we are able to move away from these judgements, we are better able to support and save lives. There are many factors that contribute to suicide, especially depression,” she said.

Sitshitshi said that residents need to be aware of suicide warnings from troubled persons.

“As families, relatives and people in general who are always close to one another, we need to support each other in times of difficulty, especially if we are aware.

If a person is suffering from personal problems or they know someone that is, they must call South Africa Depression and Anxiety Group: 0800 567 567; 0800 1213 14 (24hr line) and or 011 234 4837.

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