Take a minute, Change a life
We would like to thank everyone who made time to visit our stands at the recentlyended International Trade Fair held at Mavuso Trade and Exhibition Centre.
We had busy but beautiful few days meeting our old customers, registering new ones and chatting to potential ones.
Last Sunday, 10 September was World Suicide Prevention Day and this year’s theme was ‘Take a Minute, Change a Life.’ Many countries commemorated the day by raising awareness the best way they could, with relevant organisations posting messages on social media or organising walks and talks around the unfortunate subject. The day is also very much significant to our country where, increasingly, not a week passes without a few people taking their own lives or attempting to, or considering self-harm as a way to solve their problems. As a healthoriented organisation, and one that also deals with the aftermath of suicides, it is our hope that we all come together to come up with a holistic way to prevent further unnecessary and preventable loss of life.
The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) is responsible for raising awareness about the warning signs of suicide, providing free online Facebook chats with experts, as well as providing those that have lost a loved one to suicide with a place to share, connect and get help. They have done a lot of research on suicide and mental health issues in general and they try to generate as much conversation as possible about suicides and mental illnesses. These happen to be taboo subject, yet it is imperative that we talk about them without ceasing if we are to be of assistance to those affected. The longer we hold off discussions, the worse the repercussions on society. Suicides and mental illness thrive on silence.
Society needs to start understanding that mental illness is a sickness just like broken legs, diabetes, asthma, or any other. Having mental illness does not make one a second-class citizen or worthy of discrimination. Mental illness can be treated, and where it cannot be treated, it can be managed. When someone breaks a leg, they need medical assistance to fix it; it is time for people to also understand and accept that sometimes people also get broken inside because of environmental factors or because of genetic predisposition. When that happens, they also need human crutches for support and need to get medical assistance to get what is broken fixed. When mental illness is not treated, or when problems are not solved, it might lead to suicide or other loss of life insti-
gated by people with unresolved issues.
According to SADAG, 75 per cent of people who attempt suicide give some warning of their intentions to a friend or family member. For that reason, we need to listen closely to what others say and be there for them, point them in the right direction to get help and not say things that drive them over the edge. Sometimes people distance themselves from their loved ones’ problems by saying, “pray about it,” or “everyone has their own problems to deal with; deal with yours.” SADAG also said most suicidal people who called them did not actually want to die but just didn’t know how to eliminate their problem. They, therefore, encourage people to not be afraid to say ‘are you okay?’ ‘I’m worried about you’, or ask ‘are you thinking of hurting yourself?’ A simple question might actually make a difference between life and death.
Dups adds its voice in encouraging people to take their eyes off Whatsapp and other distractions for a moment, take a look around them, and be supportive to those among us having a really hard time coping with life’s problems. Please give us a call on 2505 2028 to find out about Dups products and services. You can also send queries to info@ dupsgroup. com, www. facebook.com/dups or on Twitter @dupsinsurance or pay us a visit at our offices in Manzini, Matata, Matsapha, Simunye, Nhlangano, Mbabane, Piggs Peak and Siteki.