Suicide Prevention Week focuses on male suicide

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 Khanyisile Ngcobo

By Khanyisile Ngcobo,  Caxton Publishers.

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JOBURG - As the World Suicide Prevention week gets underway, with World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September, the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag) highlights suicide among men.

 

The group cited studies which showed that 80 percent of those who committed suicide often gave some kind of warning, with psychologist, Diane Mallaby, adding that in men, especially, the risk of carrying out the threat was even higher because of the use of more violent means.

Professor Lourens Schlebusch added to this, saying that suicidal patients often struggle with depression and this mostly went undiagnosed, especially in men, as they are less likely to discuss their emotions or seek help for sadness.

“Generally, if a loved one’s unhappiness lasts for more than two weeks, there is a good possibility that they may be suffering from depression,” he said.

“Major life changes such as a death in the family, a relationship break-up or financial worries can bring on depression and because men are traditionally seen as the providers, they may find financial difficulties particularly devastating.”

He further stressed that all suicide threats should be taken seriously –even if the person was far from carrying out the attempt. He cautioned loved ones to watch out for certain signs which pose an immediate risk.

Such signs include the existence of a detailed plan, if there had been a suicide attempt before, and saying things such as ‘life is not worth living’. In such instances, drastic measures should be taken.

Some of the warning signs in men include withdrawal from friends and family, missing work and irritability and aggression, among others.

“[Also] saying things like ‘I’m a burden to my family’, feelings of hopelessness, increased smoking or drinking, as well as changes in usual eating and sleeping patterns, are all signs to look out for,” she said.

More signs include:

  •  A sudden lift in spirits
  •  Showing changes in personality.

Details: 0800 567 567; SMS 31393; www.sadag.org

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 Khanyisile Ngcobo

Khanyisile Ngcobo  

Caxton Publishers.

"Be the change you want to see in the world" These wise words, uttered by a great icon of the 20th century, have become my mantra as I set out to achieve my goal of making a difference in the world. I am a young, ambitious, driven, passionate journalist who lives and breathes hard news, current affairs, politics, entertainment and yes, gossip. I hope to use my voice to affect change and hold the corrupt and unscrupulous to account. Apart from scouring the streets for news, I enjoy reading, cooking, shopping and going to church.

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