Depression

Suicide

Guns and suicide

Gun Free South Africa looks at the role of firearms in suicide.

Warning signs of suicide

South Africa has a comparatively high suicide rate with 19 – 28 per 100 000 completed suicides per annum. We take a look at the danger signs of suicide.

Coping with the loss of a loved one

There are no words to describe the feelings you experience when you learn about the suicide of a loved one. The initial reaction usually is one of total disbelief and then horror. Devastation would be an understatement.

SA teens: High suicide risk

In South Africa, research has indicated that one in five teens thinks about harming themselves, with 7.8% of these youths actually attempted suicide before.

Suicide threats not just passing phase

Suicidal tendencies in adolescents are often misinterpreted as a “passing phase” or common characteristics of adolescent development. Education about suicide can be life-saving.

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Michael Simpson has been a senior psychiatric academic, researcher, and Professor in several countries, having worked at London University in the UK; McMaster University in Canada; Temple University in Philadelphia, USA.; and the University of Natal in South Africa.

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