Suicides ring alarm bells at Provincial Hospital

first_imgSuicides and attempted suicides, seemingly a new trend in town, has seen alarms bells ringing at Ladysmith Provincial Hospital.During an interview with Provincial Hospital PRO Thabo Sithole, he stressed that hospital staff have had to deal with a large number of successful and unsuccessful suicide attempts in a period of 4 months. “Since December, the number has been increasing, so we, as hospital staff, want to try and educate the community about suicide and depression.” said PRO Sithole.While many people have suicidal thoughts at some point or another in their lives, most do not act on them and rather seek help. PRO Sithole urges the community to be more involved in the lives of their loved ones, and highlights the fact that depression may lead an individual to turn to suicide.WHAT IS DEPRESSION? Everyone feels sad, “low”, “down” or “blue” at times. It is a normal part of everyday life.However, if someone experiences sad or negative feelings that seriously disrupt their normal functioning and those feelings last for at least two weeks, they may be suffering from depression. People with depression typically experience their motivation to be low, their sleeping to be disturbed, their appetite to be reduced, and their concentration and short-term memory to be poor.Feeling very irritable, lonely and weepy are other experiences reported by people with depression. People with depression also tend to withdraw themselves from other people and spend a lot of time in their rooms (often in bed). Depression may also lead people to engage in suicidal behaviour. A South African study found that the diagnosis of depression was applicable in nearly two-thirds of South African adolescents who attempted suicide.However, not all people who kill or attempt to kill themselves have depression. Some people are driven to suicide by other factors, such as conflict in the family or a serious illness.Depression is actually quite common. 1 in 10 people will have depression at some point in their life. Depression affects people of both sexes, all ages and races, cultures and social classes. People with depression cannot just “pull themselves together” and get better. Most people do not get the help they need. Without treatment, symptoms can last for weeks, months or years.According to the South African Anxiety and Depression Group, the reasons why people often do not want to seek help are:Depression is often not seen as a real illnessMany people blame themselves and think they are weakPeople are scared and too embarrassed to ask for helpDepression is often not identified by family, friends and even professionalsCAUSES OF DEPRESSION: A number of different factors may trigger depression. It is mostly a combination of these factors:External events: For example, relationship break-up, financial stress, a traumatic event and grief over a person who has passed away.Family history: Close family who have had depression sometimes means you are more likely to have depression as well.Thinking styles: People who are depressed normally have a critical way of thinking about themselves (“I’m boring”, “I’m ugly”, “I’m a failure”), others (“No-one likes me”, “Everyone is better than me”) and the future (“Things will never get better”, “What’s the point?”).Medical conditions such as thyroid problems, strokes, cancer and Cushing’s disease.Certain medications, such as steroids (used by many men for muscle building).DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook andTwitter  why not join us there? WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img

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