Suicide high in rural areas - SADAG

SADAG's Cassey Chambers says poverty, unemployment and HIV/Aids triggers suicide in rural areas.

An Eastern Cape boy near Mvesa.

CAPE TOWN - The stigma attached to mental illness in rural areas contributes to the country's high suicide rate, the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) said on Friday.

Saturday marks World Suicide Prevention Day.

In South Africa, 23 people commit suicide every day.

SADAG's Cassey Chambers says poverty, unemployment as well as chronic disease, especially HIV/Aids, triggers suicide in rural areas.

She says many people suffer from mental illnesses in rural areas where there's often not enough support from the community.

"There are so many people who don't have access to resources, psychiatrists, psychologists or even clinics who have medication for depression or Bipolar disorder."