It is Teen Suicide Prevention Week and this year SADAG is training teachers and parents on how to identify teens at risk. Suicide is the leading cause of death in youth aged 15 – 29. In South Africa, suicide accounts for 9.5% of all unnatural teen deaths. The National Youth Risk Behaviour Survey shows that 17.6% of teens have considered attempting suicide, 31.5% of teen suicide attempts required medical treatment.
Free Teen Suicide Prevention Workshops at Akeso Clinics
Akeso Clinics offer specialised private inpatient care for the treatment of psychiatric conditions. This month, SADAG, in partnership with Akeso, are hosting FREE Workshops in Kwa-Zulu Natal, Gauteng and Cape Town on Saturday 25 February from 09:00 – 11:00 to raise awareness of Teen Suicide Prevention to help identify the symptoms of depression, the warning signs of suicide and how to get help. The workshops are open to parents, teachers, community leaders and those concerned about a loved one who is depressed and would like to know more about Suicide Prevention. They are hosting these free workshops in Randburg, Umhlanga and Kenilworth.
Facebook Friday Chat
Also, join their free online #FacebookFriday Q&A chat on Friday 24 February at 13:00 – 14:00 with clinical psychologist, Zamo Mbele and again at 19:00 with psychologist Candice Cowen. Both experts will be available for an hour to answer questions on Teen Depression, Preventing Suicide, recognising warning signs and where to seek help to prevent suicide. Go to SADAG’s Facebook page
Teen Suicide Prevention Toolkit
15.6% of teens have planned their suicide, while 21.9% have tried more than once to commit suicide. These are just a few stats that have been printed in the info-graphic in this weeks. Die Burger Newspaper courtesy of Akeso.