Monday, February 16, 2009

16 February - Health

On today’s show we were joined on the line by Cassey Amoore – from the South African Depression and Anxiety Group. We were talking about Teen Suicide Prevention. This week is the Teen Suicide Prevention Week and the South African Depression and Anxiety Group will be focusing on educating the public about the serious issue of teen suicide. In South Africa, suicide is said to be the second leading cause of death in the 15 – 24 age group. It is vital to address feelings of depression, suicidality and low self-esteem in teens as early as possible to prevent teen suicide. Cassey explained more about the warning signs and what action to take if one identifies those signs. If your teen has become withdrawn and socially isolated, his/her school performance and participation in sports has declined, he/she is neglecting their appearance, and has started giving possessions away, there could be cause for concern and it is advisable to get the help of a trained mental health professional as soon as possible. SADAG is open 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm on 0800 567 567 or SMS 31393. Alternatively you can contact SADAG at (011) 262 6396 or visit their website at www.sadag.co.za for more information.

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