SA has 8th-highest suicide rate in world

2014-09-10 21:08

Johannesburg - South Africa has the eighth-highest suicide rate in the world, the SA Federation for Mental Health said on Wednesday.

Spokesperson Fatima Seedat said the country had approximately 8 000 suicides a year. Around one million suicides were recorded each year globally.

"Based on this, suicide is the third greatest cause of unnatural death in the country," Seedat said in a statement.

Around 230 people tried to commit suicide daily, while 23 succeeded.

Seedat's statement came as the world marked Suicide Prevention Day.

"In commemoration of this day, it is of vital importance to spread the message that suicide is preventable and that there is help available out there for people in need of support," she said.

Research showed that psycho-social factors such as untreated mental illness, substance abuse, family problems, trauma, rape, and poverty could contributing to suicidal feelings.

According to studies around 70% of people who committed suicide showed warning signs.

"Some of the warning signs are; talking or thinking about death often, clinical depression, the loss of interest in things one used to care about, putting affairs in order, a sudden change in behaviour, unexpected switch from being very sad to being very calm or appearing to be happy, visiting or calling people to say goodbye, and giving away possessions," Seedat said.

People with signs of depression needed to be reminded that there was help available.

The World Health Organisation found that despite the high number of suicides across the globe, help for people thinking of committing suicide was not prioritised in the public health system.

  • Michel Konings - 2014-09-10 21:29

    The society became too materialistic.

  • Francy M Tlhako - 2014-09-10 21:29

    The higher the unemployment rate ...ppl are often faced with life challenges and I guess its harder for some

  • Robert Sidney - 2014-09-10 21:36


  • Valentine Mo - 2014-09-10 21:40

    EUP1501 is also a cause.

  • Alyss Brossy - 2014-09-10 21:42

    Maybe gvt has no funds going into health bcoz it had to build Nkandla. . .Maybe people have no jobs bcoz the rich desire to get richer . . . We build expensive stadiums & increase rates & taxes to pay for them whilst beggars beg at the traffic lights next to them! Looks like a mess to me, no wonder people battle to live with it

  • Wehr Wulf - 2014-09-10 21:44

    More good news in cANCer land.

  • blackmarlene - 2014-09-10 21:49

    I'm not surprised. When a goat herd can live like Midas and the rest of us work our arses off and just scrape by, then something is seriously wrong. It's just easier to pull the trigger.

      Alfred Killian - 2014-09-11 04:17

      Marlene, sad, but true, we(humans) are the only species, who actually pay to life on this planet.

  • Clint Hendricks - 2014-09-10 21:55

    Would love to know how these stats are verified, for all of our downfalls as a country we are very accurate at stats apparently. We probably rank in the top of everything bad concievable?

  • KJ Cannon - 2014-09-10 21:56

    Haa haa! You study through UNISA!

  • KJ Cannon - 2014-09-10 21:58

    You have a point

  • KJ Cannon - 2014-09-10 21:58


  • KJ Cannon - 2014-09-10 21:58

    sad but true

  • KJ Cannon - 2014-09-10 21:59

    You have a point

  • Thomas Kuka - 2014-09-10 22:40

    and also we r ranked 2nd unhappiness people in the world,how about??

      Thomas Kuka - 2014-09-10 22:44

      blame it on E-tolls,Marikana issue,Guptas,Nkandla issue,service delivery,the list is endless....

      Mc Apple - 2014-09-11 07:18

      One can also add AA and BEE that effectively economically sidelines whites and it boils down to economic genocide. Cost of living goes up, everything goes up and Mr. average Joe is getting taxed into poverty. On the other hand with the mass sidelining of the whites one would think that the blacks would be catapulted into riches beyond their wildest dreams but it seems this has not happened either so the question is, where is all the riches going and I think most here will know the answer. Now that is depressing.

  • cobienk - 2014-09-10 22:50

    Very very sad.., for someone to get to the point where they see no hope, no future. Jesus saves and He is always there

      Clifton Evans - 2014-09-11 03:02

      If your Jesus is so good at saving and is always there, why are there so many suicides? Either he is on a long vacation or ho doesn't care to intervene.

      Nicholas von Stein - 2014-09-11 09:48

      Delusion is not the answer to depression, trust me , tried that and it didn't help at all

      christa.theart - 2014-09-11 14:55

      Clinton grow up!

      Alain Lenferna DelaMotte - 2014-09-28 12:39

      Clifton, Jesus does not cause unhappiness. We humans do that because of our greed for one thing. God gave us free will and we have a choice thus we make the choices. Sadly, Nicholas, Christa and John have made theirs. Not surprised of they commit suicide one of these days. Pray for them.

  • Simon Merafe - 2014-09-11 02:15

    Even so depression s curable, but in most cases we turn to ignore signs n when we eventually do is too late...let's not bottle up our problems an speak out...that might help

  • Wally Masungwini - 2014-09-11 05:23

    it's too bad, lets all blame

      Mc Apple - 2014-09-11 07:19

      It is to early to hear that name. Depressing!

  • Humbelani Tshipandu - 2014-09-11 05:29

    i once commited suicide and didnt die:

      Sabeer Mahomed - 2014-09-11 05:50

      Now try fknyourself

      Humbelani Tshipandu - 2014-09-11 06:01

      i'll try it next year

      Alfred Killian - 2014-09-11 06:27

      Seems like you're only successful at failing.

      Mc Apple - 2014-09-11 07:21

      AA is know to have that effect. I suggest you get a proper consultant with proper experience in the field and try again based on his/her proposal.

  • Refuoe Fifi Mokhotso - 2014-09-11 12:39

    It's not like before where it was most adults who commit suicide. Lately it's mostly teenagers, I've seen most of these cases alot recently. The sad part is that we are only aware of the signs after they tried to kill themselves. We can't blame the government for this, we have to take responsibility for our lifes. We have too many rights in this country and we end up focusing on them not thinking we also have responsibilities.

  • Utopian Indigent - 2014-09-15 18:07

    Rather than wasteful investigations attempting to whitewas obvious government errors, South Africa should look in depth to what inhumane stress on our society is causing this suicide phenomenon, recently especially at universities. Our society is getting sicker every day, even compared to what happens overseas.

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