Suicide prevention

2016-09-21 06:00

SUICIDE is a major problem in South African, but it is a problem that can be overcome – not by the single individual considering suicide, but by a concerted effort between that person, their friends and family, and their community as a whole.
This was highlighted on World Suicide Prevention Day on Friday 9 September.

There are 23 completed suicides in South Africa every day, for every suicide, there are 20 attempted suicide. Suicide is still very under-reported.

To join chats, such as Sadag’s Facebook page go to The South African Depression and Anxiety Group or go to
Facebook users, who would like to remain anonymous, can send a private message and Sadag will ask on their behalf.

Sadag provides free telephonic counselling and nationwide referrals to support groups, psychologists, psychiatrists, clinics, etc.
Call our suicide crisis helpline on 0800 567 567, or SMS 31393, which is open seven days a week, every day of the year, from 8am to 8pm.

Warning signs of a suicidal person:

• Talking or joking about it - talking about dying or threatening to kill themselves or saying things like “nothing matters”.

• Preparing for death - many teens that are planning suicide will give favourite things away or even say goodbye.

• Self-criticism - listen to things your friend says - things like “I can’t do anything right” or “I’m hideous and pathetic”.

• Changes in personality - someone who is usually sociable, may not want to go out may become negative, aggressive or irritable, lose their friendships.

• Loss of interest in appearance, drop in hygiene - if your friend stops caring about what they look like, getting dressed or even bathing or washing.

• Risk taking behaviour - often people who are feeling suicidal do risky, dangerous things like drink and drive or taking drugs.

• Excessive feelings of guilt, self-blame, failure - if someone is depressed, they often feel guilty and blame themselves and it can be very difficult to talk to them.

• Suddenly feel better - if they have been depressed and hasn’t been for treatment suddenly is ‘back to normal’ this could be dangerous. It may mean they have set a date for their suicide and know the pain will soon end.

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