Depressed youth urged to shout out for help

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A young woman living with depression has called on young adults experiencing the same emotions to call out for help.
Seventeen- year-old Hester de Swardt was one of more than 300 participants who took part in the Darkness into Light walk in Cape Town. The aim of the global movement  is to raise awareness and funds to bring an end to suicides and prevent self-harm.
The walk was held in 21 countries worldwide on Saturday.
De Swardt says depression among the youth is prevalent . Boys are mostly affected and De Swart says the notion that boys don’t cry could be exacerbating the situation.
She says depression can cripple one’s  life.

Theran Knighton-Fitt, a participant, says: “Depression is fast becoming the largest workplace disability concern, and one of the leading causes for absenteeism in the workplace, and no there are not enough resources. There are not enough people helping.”

Lifeline Western Cape, which provides free telephonic and face-to face counselling, is this year’s charity beneficiary.

The five-kilometre race ends at sunrise, a symbolic gesture that there is light at the end of the dark tunnel of depression.

Many people who attempt suicide give some warning of their intentions to a friend or family member.

Therefore, it is vital for loved ones to know the warning signs and symptoms.