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Suicide risk up in lockdown

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‘I have a friend that wants to jump out of the window, what must I do?’


10 Sep 2020
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Suicide risk up in lockdown

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I get this frantic SMS on sunny Sunday in July and jumped into action: I phone the jumper’s number, no reply. Ten minutes later and still no peep I, out of desperation, SMS the SA Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag) helpline numbers. Hours later still no response – and I still don’t know if she jumped… Even though I professionally have to cope with suicides and threats of suicide on a daily basis, I’m just human… Thoughts raced through my mind: I hoped she was fine and managed to get help. And I hoped she’s not one of those that...

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