SOUTH AFRICA HAS AVERAGE OF 23 SUICIDES A DAY, SAYS SUPPORT GROUP

JOHANNESBURG--There are an average of 23 suicides being recorded and hundreds of suicide attempts being made in South Africa every day, says support group South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG).

SADAG said as the country marked World Suicide Prevention Day on Sunday -- observed this year under the theme, "Take a minute, change a life" -- that about 75 per cent of people who attempt suicide give some kind of warning to a friend or family member.

It added that often people who attempted suicide describe how before going through with a suicide attempt that they were looking for a sign that someone cares, and that the world is not blind to their pain.

SADAG runs a Suicide Crisis Helpline at 0800-567-567 and has urged South Africans to simply take a minute to check in on others.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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