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Durban- As the world marks World Suicide Prevention Day on Tuesday, the South African Depression and Anxiety Group has released a set of figures that paint a dire picture of mental well being in the country for the January to August time period.

In the figures, the organisation said it received more than 41 800 calls on its Suicide Hotline in a period of eight months. 

The majority of calls came from KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape and Gauteng. 

Receiving such a number of calls also costly for the organisation. It stated that it’s monthly bill for this hotline R110 000 a month. 

SADAG said that it received 145 334 calls at its call centre since January.

On its Twitter page, the organisation said it was important that mental health be taught at schools  and that it should be a national priority. It also said that it needs more resources for people dealing with depression, trauma and anxiety.

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