2/15/2010 Teachers can halt suicides
JOHANNESBURG - Suicide accounts for 9,5% of teenage deaths in South Africa.
The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag) have said that only 25% of teens will seek help from an adult, while most prefer to confide in friends.
“If we are going to help decrease SA’s rate of teen suicide, we need to change that dynamic,” said Sadag spokesman Cassey Amoore.
Teen Suicide Prevention Week runs until Sunday.
According to Amoore, teachers are perfectly placed, in that they spend more time with teens than parents do.
She said that teachers should start asking “hard hitting” questions to get the right answers from teens.
“Keeping a watchful eye on pupils, intervening when you see a child is not themselves could prevent tragedy,” she said.
Amoore said Sadag’s message to all educators during Teen Suicide Prevention Week was to “watch and question” the emotion behind the behaviour of the pupils in class.
“It is really important to speak to the teen in a private, non-threatening way, to really care and to want to help,” she said
For more information on suicide prevention go to www. sadag. co. za or call on 011-262-6396/ 0800-12-13-14 or send an SMS to 31393.
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