REACHING OUT AND SAVING LIVES
By: Ntombizethu Gcaba
The 10th of September commemorates World Suicide Prevention Day, a day that aims to promote worldwide awareness and prevent the growing number of suicides being committed.
Upon estimation, 3 000 people commit suicide daily, and about one million people commit suicide each year according to www.gov.za.
The high number in deaths is said to contribute to factors ranging from feelings of pain, to feeling hopeless.
Helen Madi, a psychologists said, “It takes little to trigger a person’s brain into a state of worthlessness, more so with young people who are only starting to figure out their purpose.”
Sindisiwe Msomi, a mother of a teenager who committed suicide little as two years ago said, “We should try to reach out to our children, because feelings of being alone in this world may
contribute to them choosing suicide as the only option.”
However, some are fortunate enough to receive help and be able to overcome this ongoing threat.
Sbahle Dlamini (21) who managed to overcome the odds of depression said, “I went to a really dark place in my life and I felt like my only way out from the pain and misery is that I
take my own life, but by the grace of God I did manage to overcome the hard time in my life.”
As the theme for 2015 World Suicide Prevention Day (Reaching Out and Saving Lives) it highly encourages people to reach out to someone, an initiative that aims to combat suicide.
“Society is constantly telling us how we should live, it is hard to keep up which builds up feelings of not feeling worthy to be alive,” said Dlamini.