“Suicide Shouldn’t be a Secret” Webinar for Teachers and Educators
The global pandemic of COVID-19 has had an incredible impact on the Mental Health of so many South Africans, the impact that COVID-19 has had on schools, learners, families, teachers and educators cannot be underestimated. With the most at-risk age group for suicide in South Africa being adolescents between the ages of 13 years – 19 years, as well as the increased pressures and stressors of learning and teaching in a COVID-19 environment, being more aware of teen depression and suicide prevention is critical.
“A teacher plays an important role in preventing suicide – they have daily contact with many young people, and are able to notice what students say, do or write. Also, some students feel more comfortable to open up and share their problems with their teacher rather than a parent or friend. So equipping Teachers on identifying warning signs, how to speak to teens about Depression and Suicide, and what to do to get help for a learner who is suicidal or at-risk is crucial to preventing suicide,” says Dr Sindi van Zyl, GP and SADAG Board Member.
The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) is hosting a FREE “Suicide Shouldn’t be a Secret” Webinar for Teachers and Educators on Teen Depression and Suicide Prevention on Thursday the 17th September at 4pm – 5:30pm. Experts, Dr Sindi van Zyl and clinical psychologist, Zamo Mbele, will unpack the signs & symptoms of teen depression, warning signs of suicide, how to talk to teens about depression and suicide, and what to do to get help for a learner at-risk for suicide or self-harm. To below for the free webinar:
Suicide is a growing concern within SA and we need to continue the conversation around teen suicide by equipping those who engage with teens regularly. By giving teachers practical advice and tools on how to identify and talk about teen Depression and Suicide, they can help save the lives of many students who may be feeling Depressed and thinking about Suicide.
Please forward this webinar to a school, teachers, educators or anyone who would benefit from the learning more about Teen Depression and Suicide Prevention.
“We have already seen recent reports of children as young as 12 years old dying by suicide – if we can equip teachers on how to help identify depression and suicide prevention before it is too late – we could be preventing young people who feel that the only way to end their problems is to end their life,” says Operations Director, Cassey Chambers.
If you are worried about someone who may be suicidal or at-risk of harming themselves, please ask them directly how they are feeling and if they have thoughts of hurting themselves. You can also seek professional mental health help from a school counsellor, GP, social workers, psychologist or psychiatrist, local hospital or clinic.
If you are not sure what to do or where to go, please call SADAG’s Suicide Helpline (24 hours) 0800 567 567 or SMS 31393 offering free telephone counselling, crisis intervention, information and referrals nationwide. SADAG has lots more information on Suicide Awareness and Prevention via www.sadag.org.