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Northside — Pupils are now done with their end- c of-year exams and now they wait to see the fruits of their labours. Some pupils may not have done so well, and this is the time that parents need to start paying more attention to their children. To adults, failing a grade or failing matric might not be the end of the world. ii But for teens, it could lead to thoughts to end ii their lives. According to the South African Depression and s Anxiety Group (Sadag), there are several ways for parents and loved ones to tell if someone they r know is either depressed or anxious. "If you are close to somebody who has been f contemplating suicide or who has been talking about it, take them seriously. There are ways to ( help them. "With a suicidal person, the worst thing you can g do is nothing," says Sadag. According to Sadag, the best ways of curbing c the rising suicide trend is education to improve awareness about various risk factors like hope- 6 lessness, a perfectionist personality, and a tend- I ency to recall only negative memories; fostering more effective communication among the youth; t] teaching stress- management and problem-solving r skills; and breaking down age-old stereotypes like a "men don't cry". Any number of events or situations can be risk S. factors, and each case is unique. Often, it is more the way the person perceives an event and its a - consequences that makes the difference. ; According to Sadag, the signs that someone is suicidal can include the following: Taking a vast interest in death and the afterlife. ; Showing a preoccupation with books, movies, poems or songs that feature death. t Looking up and calling up people that they have not been in contact with for some time, in order to I indirectly say goodbye. Giving away personal belongings all of a I sudden. r Behaving recklessly or being in the company of risk-taking people. Choosing to or insisting on staying home during 1 family holidays. "The South African Depression and Anxiety Group conducts 'Suicide shouldn't be a secret' workshops and presentation to schools, and will be 1 giving the message to teachers, parents and students that suicide is real and it is the most lethal ; consequence of depression. "If you know anyone showing any of these - behaviours, the most important thing is not to - ignore the situation. "Don't leave them alone or dare or challenge ; them. Rather let the person know you care, and ; reassure them that there are treatments available and ways to work through their problems, no matter how hopeless everything may seem," says Sadag. Details: For more information on depression and anxiety visit www.sadag.mg

( ROODEPOORT NORTHSIDER 23 Dec 2011 Page 2 )

 

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