10 September is World Suicide Prevention Day. Psychologist Diane Mallaby says all suicide threats should be taken seriously. We give you the warning signs to look out for.
By: Keletso Modisakeng
A person contemplating suicide could:
- Talk about suicide – The person may threaten to take his or her life. He or she may say, “Nothing matters” or “I wish I was dead.” They may write suicide notes or send “goodbye” messages
- May feel hopeless, lose interest in work and withdraw from friends and family
- Show a lift in spirits. A sudden change in mood can mean that the person is relieved because problems will soon end.
- Prepare for death. Her or she may make unexpected changes in his or her will or give away personal possessions.
- Show changes in personality. The person may experience changes in eating and sleeping habits.
For free help and more information, call the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) on 0800 567 567 or SMS 31393, or visit www.sadag.org Also read up on the stories of suicide survivors in our September issue