SADAG is trying to raise as much awareness as possible. With 80% of people who have committed suicide, they tell someone first, so it is so important to educate people about the warning signs and symptoms of depression so we can prevent our teens from committing suicide. Below is a list of fact surrounding this teenage crippling ilness.
- 1. 90% of people who attempt suicide have a diagnosable illness usually depression.
- 2. 75 % of teens tell someone first, either a friend or a family member.
- 3. Teens, however, are more impulsive.
- 4. According to the National Youth Risk Survey (2002), 25% of youth had experienced feelings
of hoplessness; 19% had considered suicide and 17% had attempted suicide.
- 5. According to Dr C Lund in Cape Town, currently only 1.4% of the country’s outpatient facilities are for children and adolescents.
- 6. Boys are more likely to succeed in their attempt to commit suicide. Boys tend to use more lethal means. However up to four times more girls attempt suicide than boys.
- 7. One in 10 learners who drop out of school does so because of repeated bullying.
- 8. As many as 7% of learners stay home at least once a month because of bullies.
- 9. Youth who have attempted suicide are often difficult to treat because they often leave treatment prematurely.
- 10. According to treatment described in the October 2009 edition of JAMA, intensive psychotherapy plus medication is a newly developed type of treatment.
- 11. It appears that teens need more intense treatment early on which can reduce the risk of further suicide attempts.
- 12. Teens need help to develop a tolerance for distress.
- 13. Pursue additional coping strategies for teens that have experienced trauma or abuse as these youth are at greater risk for depression or attempting suicide.
- 14. According to research by Dr B Meel in the former Transkei, two-thirds of teens commit suicide by hanging.
- 15. There is a lack of accessible mental health care, especially in rural areas, which puts youth at risk of stigmatization.
- 16. According to Prof Schlebusch in KwaZulu Natal, young adults with a positive diagnosis of HIV /Aids show a disturbing rise in suicidal behaviour.
Lets be consious of our friends and what they are going through. Visit www.sadag.co.za to find out more about depression and suicide. We all need help at some point in our lives.