facebook twitter twitter tiktok   donate



Suicide Crisis Helpline
0800 567 567

Department of Social Development Substance Abuse Helpline
0800 12 13 14
SMS 32312

Cipla Mental Health Helpline
0800 456 789
SMS 31393

NPOwer SA Helpline
0800 515 515
SMS 43010

Healthcare Workers Care Network Helpline
0800 21 21 21
SMS 43001

UFS #Fair Kitchens Chefs Helpline
0800 006 333


Dr Reddy’s Mental Health Helpline
0800 21 22 23

Adcock Ingram Depression & Anxiety Helpline
0800 70 80 90

ADHD Helpline
0800 55 44 33

Pharma Dynamics Police & Trauma Helpline
0800 20 50 26


011 234 4837


8AM – 5PM

Cipla Mental Health
076 882 2775

Maybelline BraveTogether
087 163 2030

Ke Moja Substance Abuse
087 163 2025

Have Hope Chat Line
087 163 2050


Contact Founder: Zane@sadag.org

Click Here

University and Higher Learning Helplines

student shaming

Student and Staff Emergency Contact Numbers - Click here


counsellor button

Request a Callback from a Counsellor
Click here



SADAG has over 160 free Support Groups. To find out more about joining or starting a Support Group click here.

Mental Health Calendar 2024

2023 Mental Health Calendar

To view our Mental Health Calendar
click here


questionnaire infographic

Do You want to check your Mental Health?

Click here for questionnaires

The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) has advised parents to look out for warning signs of suicide in their children and get them help immediately.

SADAG said parents should notice a number of signs to find out if their children are going through depression and might commit suicide as the world commemorates World Suicide Prevention Day.

Operations Director at SADAG Cassey Chambers says teenagers are most at risk for suicide and even younger children are suicidal.

Chambers said, “The youngest suicide was six years old about two years ago, unfortunately it wasn’t his first attempt and it happened at school. That shows you how desperate, that even as a child, that may not understand the concept of death or suicide but is in so much pain and feels like ending their life is the only way to help them…

“Children might be saying things like I wanna go to sleep and never wake up or I wanna close my eyes and never open them again. I think it’s those kinds of things that parents should look out for,” said Chambers.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says suicide is a leading cause of premature death among young people around the world, making it a serious global public health problem.

The organisation said suicide is the second leading cause of unnatural death after road deaths among the 15 to 29 year olds. It is estimated that about 800 000 people die of suicide every year.

The WHO said for every person who commits suicide, about 20 more attempt suicide.

SADAG said they are seeing an alarming number of people who think of committing suicide.

“We are seeing in our call centre where – just since January over the last eight months we have received over 41 000 suicide calls where people are feeling completely helpless and hopeless and needing desperate help. One of the biggest causes for suicide in SA and the world is misdiagnosed or untreated depression, so for us it is really important to educate our people about the signs and symptoms of depression and getting help before it is too late,” said Chambers.

According to WHO, a suicide occurs every 40 seconds and an attempt is made every 3 seconds.

In South African, hanging is the most frequently employed method of suicide, followed by shooting, gasing and burning.

In South Africa men are said to be more likely to commit suicide then women.



 Name of the Publication: South African Tribune
Title of the article: Look out for signs of Suicide on your children: SADAG
Date: 10 September 2019
Online link: https://trvnews.net/news/look-out-for-signs-of-suicide-on-your-children-sadag/

Our Partners