Help prevent suicide

2017-08-22 06:00
Photo: kalisha naickerCaptain Linzi Smith aims to curb the rise of suicide in the Upper Highway area.

Photo: kalisha naickerCaptain Linzi Smith aims to curb the rise of suicide in the Upper Highway area.

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CONSIDERING the increase of suicide in and around the Upper Highway area, Hillcrest SAPS communications officer Captain Linzi Smith is creating awareness about suicide­ to try to help prevent it.

Smith said suicide is preventable and people need to be aware of the tell-tales signs.

She said in most cases a suicidal person may not ask for help, but this does not mean that help is not wanted. 

“Most people who think about killing themselves do not really want to die, their goal is to stop feeling the pain of what is bothering them.
“Suicide is often the last resort a person may turn to.

“It is up to us to recognise the warning signs that a person is considering suicide and start talking openly about it because it may save a life.”

One of the signs to look out for is if one starts talking about the subject.

“Any talk about suicide, dying, or self-harm is the first warning sign. Other signs can be depression, looking for lethal means, hopelessness, self-hatred, feeling trapped, feeling alone, feeling like being a burden to others, aggressiveness, irritability and anger.

“In addition, some may try to get their affairs in order such as making out a will or giving away prized possessions, saying goodbye and starting to withdraw.”

Smith said self-destructive behaviour such as an increased alcohol or drug use could also be a sign.
“A sudden sense of calm and happiness after being extremely depressed can mean the person has made a decision to attempt suicide.”

She said the community can help by talking to the person about suicide and offering help and support.
“There are many organiations in the Upper Highway area that offer free counselling for people who are depressed and are considering ending their life.
“The quicker we react, the better. Let us not sit back and watch our friends and family suffer in silence, let us help them before it is too late.”

For more information on free counselling centres or suicide prevention hotlines, contact Smith on 031 765 9100.

Suicide prevention hotlines

Adcock Ingram Depression and Anxiety Helpline:
0800 70 80 90

Destiny Helpline for Youth & Students:
0800 41 42 43

ADHD Helpline: 0800 55 44 33

Department of Social Development Substance Abuse Line 24 hour helpline: 0800 12 13 14

SMS 32312

Suicide Crisis Line: 0800 567 567

SMS 31393

Sadag Mental Health Line: 011 234 4837

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