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SA’s teen suicide rates higher than US & UK

An anti-depression group says young people aged between 10 and 19 are considered high risk.

FILE: South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) says South Africa's teen suicide rates are higher than those of the United States and United Kingdom. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag) says South Africa's teen suicide rates are higher than those of the United States and United Kingdom.

It says young people aged between 10 and 19 are considered high risk and one in five youths in this country have attempted suicide.

This week marks Teen Suicide Prevention week.

Sadag's Cassie Amore says, "It's very concerning, if you look at 9 and five and nearly 9.5 percent of all teen deaths in South Africa are due to suicide, that's a large amount of teens who are taking their own lives and more needs to be done to address this."