World Suicide Prevention Day is commemorated on 10 September to promote worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides. On average, almost 3 000 people commit suicide daily. For every person who completes a suicide, 20 or more may attempt to end their lives.
For family and friends affected by suicide or attempted suicide, the emotional impact can last for many years.
How to prevent a suicide and where to get help:
LIFELINE Helpline: 0861-322-322
The South African Depression and Anxiety Support Group:
Helpline: 0800 21 22 23 (8am to 8pm)
Helpline: 0800 12 13 14 (8pm to 8am)