Suicide is complicated and traumatic, but completely preventable. South Africa is experiencing an alarming suicide rate of 23.5%, which is one of the largest suicide rates in the world. In cases as sensitive and delicate as this, knowledge is a lifesaver because knowing the warning signs could help you save a life.
Before diving into the warning signs, here are a few risk factors that make people more susceptible to suicide:
It’s very important to note that suicidal thoughts are a sign of extreme distress. These thoughts should not be ignored as a suicide attempt is not a normal response to stress.
It is advisable to seek help if you or anyone close to you starts showing the following signs:
Bestmed Mental Health Helpline
Bestmed has also partnered with the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (#SADAG) to offer members a free 24-hour mental health helpline, with the aim to support members who experience mental health issues by managing its effects, providing additional support, and improving the quality of life. SADAG also offers counselling between 08:00 and 20:00 from Monday to Sunday. Contact SADAG via:
Suicidal Emergency: 0800 567 567
24hr toll-free helpline: 080062 7775
Counselling inquiry: firstname.lastname@example.org