Clinical Psychologist specialising in teens and children, who is also affiliated with the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag), Liane Lurie says there has been a rise in incidents whereby a child as young as six years-old is engaging in either self-harm or ultimately suicide

This comes after there have been many reports of teenagers committing suicide in recent weeks.

“Young children often lack the same emotional and verbal capacity as adults or teenagers do to express what is going on internally. For that particular child, it may have felt like the world was completely dark and they had no other option,” adds Lurie.

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