Matric 2020: Dealing with depression and teen suicide

According to The World Health Organization suicide is the third leading cause of death in 15 to 19-year-olds. That's why the South African Depression and Anxiety Group will be hosting an online connect webinar for teachers and parents to help them identify the signs of teenage depression and suicide at home and in the classroom. It will also give them pointers on how to deal with this. This comes as Teen Suicide Prevention Week ends today. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Matric results are expected this week, and while there is much excitement, there will also be failed expectations.

The year 2020 proved to be one of the most challenging years for pupils because of COVID-19.

SADAG Operations Director, Cassey Chambers, says parents should always encourage their kids to talk to someone, especially if they are suffering from suicidal thoughts. 

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"It is very normal to get disappointing results or realising that you failed to get overwhelmed or upset and start to withdraw and isolate yourself from family and friends," says Chambers.

"Parents have to constantly check-in, offer support and encouraging them to speak to someone," she says.

Watch the video above for more details.


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