It is reported that in South Africa 9 percent of all teen deaths are caused by suicide. The fastest growing age is young people under the age of 35, specifically female suicides which peak between 15 to 19 years.
This week is National Teen Suicide Prevention Week and Pippa Hudson spoke to Mark de la Ray, a psychologist at The South African Depression And Anxiety Group (Sadag).
Sadag is an initiative aimed at educating the general public about suicide prevention and the warning signs that people need to look out for.
In South Africa suicide accounts for about 17 percent of all deaths and those are the ones that are reported by hospitals which mean the figure could be higher.— Mark de la Ray, Psychologist
Listen to the full conversation below:
Up to 60% of people who suffer from some level of depression at least think about suicide, some of them will plan it and a very small percentage will go through with it.— Mark de la Ray, Psychologist
Some of the relevant place to look at would be signs of depression… in a teen it is difficult to see— Mark de la Ray, Psychologist