In light of Teenage Suicide Awareness Week, the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) says that people should learn to identify the warning signs of teenage suicide.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), a suicide occurs every 40 seconds and an attempt is made every three seconds.
Psychiatrist and board member at SADAG, Dr Jan Chabalala, says it is assumed that parents will notice the behavioural changes in their children but encourages them to probe further.
“In other circumstances, teenagers will resort to using alcohol and drugs but the important sign is that a they lose interest in the things they used to enjoy,” says Chabalala.
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