WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY: SUICIDE ‘COMPLETED’ EVERY HOUR IN SA

WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY: SUICIDE ‘COMPLETED’ EVERY HOUR IN SA

JOHANNESBURG – With Monday marking World Suicide Prevention Day, a doctor at the Stellenbosch Psychology Department says on average, a suicide is completed every hour in South Africa.

Reports indicate South Africa has a suicide rate of 14 per 100,000 people, which is higher than other African countries.

Dr Jason Baijies says untreated mental health conditions contribute significantly to the high suicide rate.

He says stigma in society remains a stumbling block.

“That certainly hampers our ability to get statistics about suicide because sometimes when suicide happens, families don’t want to talk about it or acknowledge it in that way.”

If this article has raised issues for you or if you’re concerned about someone you know, call the South African Depression and Anxiety Group’s Suicide Crisis Line on 0800 567 567.

Sifiso Zulu / EWN

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