Mzansi's high suicide rate in focus on World Mental Health Day

By Doug Mattushek - 10 October 2019Views : 901


South Africans are four times more likely to to commit suicide compared to the global average.

This statistic is according to the World Health Organisation and is particularly relevant today on World Mental Health Day, where suicide prevention is the focus this year. WHO estimates that someone commits suicide every 40 seconds somewhere on planet earth, amounting to over 800 000 deaths annually.

If no urgent action is taken, WHO believes that depression - which can lead to suicide - could be a leading illness globally.

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Mzansi's suicide rate is an estimated 13.4 people per 100 000, significantly higher than the global rate of 3.6. As to why this is the case, Psychiatrist Doctor Kobus Roux indicated there are significant gaps in the healthcare system.

"There are things in the South African climate that make people feel more vulnerable," Roux told EWN.

"But if strategies are in place to identify and manage the risk in the early stages, most of these deaths can be averted."

If you are in need of help, please contact the South African Depression and Anxiety Group on their 24 hour helpline at 0800 567 567.

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