ACCORDING to the International Association for Suicide Prevention (JA$P), suicide is a leading cause of death for human beings worldwide and one of the three leading causes of death for young people under the age of 25.
IASP statistics also show that every year, about one million people die by suicide ? one death every two minutes.
The World Health Organisation estimates that by the year 2020, this yearly toll of suicide deaths will have risen to 1.5 million.
Casey Amoore, counselling services manager for the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag), says they have noticed an increase in the amount of calls from people seeking help.
?We can now receive anything from 150 to 200 calls a day, and some of the most common problems of the callers include debt, financial strain, unemployment or retrenchment.? According to Sadag, the group with the highest risk is between the ages 15 and 29, and 9.5% of all teen deaths are due to suicide.
?The reason that this age group is most at risk is because teens or young adults act on impulse, they don?t have the responsibilities an older adult does such as a job, house, children or spouse; so teens will act spontaneously.? Get help Sadag advises that if you think someone you know has symptoms of depression or bipolar disorder, encourage them to seek help from their doctor, a counsellor or social worker.
They also suggest these methods: U Make sure that they do not have access to things that can harm them, like knives, guns, alcohol or drugs; and ? If they have mentioned that they want to take their own life, make sure that they are not left alone.
? If you feel suicidal, call the crisis line on 0800567 567? Mokgadi $eabi