Teen suicide in the spotlight

The South African Depression and Anxiety Group has called on government to focus its programmes on...

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The South African Depression and Anxiety Group has called on government to focus its programmes on teen suicide.

Monday marked the first day of Teen Suicide Prevention Week.

SADAG said the situation in <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">South Africa</country-region> was getting worse with children as young as ten taking their own lives.

It said there was a suicide in the country every hour, while one in 12 adolescents had tried to kill themselves.

The organisation’s Cassey Amore said more would be done to reduce the suicide rate.

“Teen suicide is so preventable, at the moment 9.9% of all teen deaths are due to suicide and this is something SADAG would like to reduce,” said Amore.