18 Men Commit Suicide Every Day in South Africa – Men’s Foundation

South Africa has the eighth highest suicide rate in the world, with 450 men taking their lives a month and four out of five deaths being the result of suicide.

This is according to the Men’s Foundation of South Africa, an NGO that manages the Movember Foundation in the country under licence from the International Movember Foundation.

The Movember Foundation is the leading global men’s health charity, funding more than 1 200 projects in 21 countries around the world. It is focused on men’s health initiatives, suicide prevention, and testicular and prostate cancer awareness.

SADAG Continues to Save Lives

For more than two decades, the South African Depression and Anxiety Groups (SADAG) has saved hundreds of lives by providing a support network.

South Africa ranks among nations with high suicide rates, with 10 percent of all non-natural adult deaths due to suicide, despite this being preventable with appropriate help.

It is for this reason we are disturbed by reports that the country’s largest mental health support and advocacy group, the SADAG, faces closure due to financial difficulties.

SADAG Counsellors Available to Avoid Suicides

The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) says that 23 suicides occur daily in South Africa and more than 230 attempted suicides are reported every day, adding that help is available to anyone planning on taking their own life.
SADAG spokesperson, Meryl Da Costa, states that counsellors are available 24 hours a day to offer assistance and referrals to clinics to those in need.

Da Costa asserts that, “Counsellors are trained to identify symptoms leading to suicide, and information is readily available on what to do once such symptoms are suspected.”

Survey Reveals Shocking Teen Suicide Statistics

A new survey by the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) shows that for every suicide there are 20 attempts by young South Africans.

The Durban Para-suicide study found that up to one-third of all attempted suicides seen in hospitals involve children and adolescents.

The organisation, which has developed a strategy for suicide prevention, are taking this week to be teen suicide prevention week to raise awareness about the symptoms of depression and suicide.

Suicide ‘Rare’ Among Children Aged 13

The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) says that suicide among children under the age of 13 years is ‘rare’.

SADAG operations director, Cassey Chambers, points out that SADAG finds that the age group of children who commit suicide is between 14 and 21.

Chambers states that many depressed children aged between six and 13 have called the SADAG helpline.

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