A number of high-profile suicides have been in the headlines recently and it is being reported that rates are rising across the country. Self-harm deaths are preventable, but it starts with knowing what to look for and what to do.
“Statistics reflect that the current suicide rate in South Africa is 10.7 per 100 000 people,” said Sarah Lamont, occupational therapist at Akeso Randburg, Crescent Clinic.
“This is reportedly higher than some of our neighbouring African countries and is 62nd when we compare it to statistics globally, she said.
Here are some of the reasons that more people are taking their own lives, according to reports.