This Is a Story About Suicide
WHY DO YOU NEED TO READ IT? BECAUSE MORE YOUNG WOMEN THAN EVER ARE TAKING THEIR LIVES, AND IF YOU KNOW HOW TO COPE WHEN YOU (OR A FRIEND) ARE FEELING BLUE, THINGS CAN GET BETTER
Call it the 13 Reasons Why e ect: after the series about a 16-year-old who ended her life started streaming on Net lix last year, everyone was talking about it. You loved it. You hated it. You were torn, but you’re willing to give season two a shot. Either way, what’s important is that the subject of teen suicide was in the spotlight. According to Africa Check, suicide was the fourth-leading cause of death for youth aged between 15 and 24 in South Africa in 2012. That year, 1665 young people died as a result of suicide. The World Health Organization estimated that there were 12,3 deaths by suicide for every 100000 people in South Africa in 2015. In 2016, the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) reported that 60% of young South Africans who committed suicide suffered from depression.
Death by suicide and why it happens remains unreported and misunderstood. Experts aren’t really sure why, although the increased use of smartphones and social media is certainly floating around as a theory – South Africa alone has a cyberbullying rate of 24%, according to SADAG. What experts do know is that you can beat the trend – and that by erasing the shame around mental-health issues, raising awareness and encouraging people to get help, lives can be saved. So we talked to therapists, psychologists and doctors to create a complete guide to emotional health – from what depression looks and feels like to exactly what you should do if you’re in a bad place. Help starts on the next page.
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