Seven ways to better cope with suicidal thoughts as a teenager

Seven ways teenagers can deal with suicidal thoughts

As the world observes Suicide Prevention Month, the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) has released seven coping steps to help teenagers.

Sadness teenage girl sitting alone on the floor
Sadness teenage girl sitting alone on the floor/ iStock

Every year in September, the world observes Suicide Prevention Month. 

South Africa is ranked number 10 on the list of countries with the most suicides, with 23.5 per 100,000 people taking their own life, reports South African Society of Psychiatrists (SASOP). 

The same publication states that almost one in ten teenage deaths in South Africa every year are the result of suicide. 

There are so many reasons why people choose to end their lives, but one of them is due to depression. 

Feelings of failure, societal pressures, and bullying can also lead to one feeling like life is not worth living. 

To save lives, the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) has shared seven tips to help teenagers who feel suicidal to better cope with these thoughts. 

READ: World Suicide Prevention Day: Expert tips on how to prevent suicide

Understand what depression is so you know what you are dealing with. 

Do things to keep your mind busy and things that make you feel better, like exercise, watching a movie or a sports match, or being with friends. 

Set realistic goals and take a reasonable amount of responsibility. 

Break large tasks into small ones, and do what you can. Be realisitic and take one step at a time. 

Confide in someone you trust. It is better than being alone and keeping your thoughts to yourself. 

Keep a diary or journal. It is a great way to get your feelings and thoughts out. 

Let your family friends help you. 

READ: How to deal with suicidal thoughts

READ: How to deal with suicidal thoughts

Reach out for help. Talk to a loved one that you trust and contact professional counsellors. You can contact Suicide Crisis Line on 0800 567 567, SADAG on 0800 567 567, Cipla on 0800 456 789 or on their WhatsApp line 076 882 2775. 

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