Talking about Teen Suicide Prevention Saves Lives RealConvo
This year, for Teen Suicide Prevention Week (14 – 21 February 2022), The South African Depression and Anxiety Group is helping parents, teachers and the community by sharing information on how to have difficult conversations around Teen Depression and Suicide Prevention. According to experts, teens are the most at-risk age group for Suicide in South Africa.
The most at-risk age group for suicide in South Africa are adolescents, and recently we are hearing about more and more teen suicides in the press all around the country. The need to talk more about Teen Suicide as it is important to help parents, teachers and our communities to identify the risk in our teens early. We need to empower them to have real conversations about issues that teens are dealing with, and help get them the urgent help they need. Talking about Teen Suicide Prevention saves lives. One teen suicide is one too many.
Teen Suicide Prevention Week Toolkit
Talking about Suicide Prevention, especially Teen Suicide, is often taboo, too hard, difficult and awkward. The fear of saying the wrong thing, or “planting the seed” is often what parents and teachers tell SADAG. SADAG wants to help parents and teachers on how to have #RealConvo’s with their teen or learners.
Throughout the week, SADAG will be launching an online campaign called #RealConvo’s sharing important conversation starters, helpful tips on what to say and what not to say, sharing expert videos, and resources on how to talk about Teen Suicide Prevention. You don’t need special training to have an open, authentic genuine conversation about mental health. Often, just talking about it can be the first important step in staying connected.
Mzukona Mantshontsho is the founder of Nyakaza Media Solutions. Nyakaza Media Solutions is an organisation that was established to help community organisations, business entities, and schools to research, write, document, report, analyse, edit, publish newsletters or bulletins in hard-copy, on-line and maintain websites with the relevant content as per the editorial policy of that organisation, school or entity.
Nyakaza Media Solutions has a vision to promote and bring dialogue to communities, businesses and schools about issues that affect them.
Nyakaza Media Solutions is on a mission to develop and encourage communities, businesses and learners to celebrate the good, applaud excellence, welcome growth, strive to be better individuals, businesses and communities, want more knowledge, discourage bad and counter-productive behaviour as well as communities, businesses and learners that want to be great SOUTH AFRICANS.
Nyakaza Media Solutions is making use of Yo School Magazine as a platform that learners in all schools to make use of to write their stories.