Sadag receives R1mln life line from Discovery Health

The organisation has been struggling to keep its helpline operating due to a lack of funding.

The Johannesburg offices of the South African Depression and Anxiety Group take, on average, 400 calls a day. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Today marks the beginning of teen suicide prevention week, an initiative aimed at educating the general public about suicide prevention and the warning signs that people need to look out for.

Studies have shown that nine percent of teen deaths in South Africa are suicides.

Having battled to keep its help-line operating due to a lack of funding, the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag) today received a R1 million donation by health insurance company, Discovery Health.

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Sadag Operational Director Cassey Chambers says, "This was such a great way to launch teen suicide prevention week and just start the week off knowing that a company like Discovery Health can come forward and support the suicide crisis line for the next year."

The Sadag national help-line, 0800 12 13 14, is available seven days a week.

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