For World Suicide Prevention Day (Sep 10), Sadag is releasing some alarming figures to help create awareness and offer insight into suicide in South Africa.
Since January this year, the organisation has received over 145 000 calls to the 22 lines at the Helpline Call Centre, and of those calls, over 41 800 calls have been to the Suicide Helpline alone with people seeking crisis intervention and urgent help.
The recent passing’s of radiant young South African musician, Kathryn Swain, who died by suicide at the age of 25 and Ian Visser, a Grade 12 boy, who took his own life in Pretoria recently, as well as local singer Nichume Siwundla – are some of the recent suicides we have seen in the news. However, there are so many more people who die by suicide that don’t make the headlines.
Cassey Chambers, Sadag's Operations Directors says: “Suicide is still a very taboo topic in our current society - no one wants to talk about, no one knows how to talk about it, and parents don’t want to talk to their children about it, in case it 'plants ideas'.
"However, suicide is a very real issue in South Africa and we can see that by the increasing number of calls we are receiving every day to the Suicide Helpline from people all over the country.”