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World Suicide Prevention Day
September 10, 2022
Words matter, especially when it comes to mental health.
The phrase “committed suicide” is an expression that many people still use.
The term “committed suicide” is damaging because for many it evokes associations with ‘committed crime or sin’.
The phrase “committed suicide” also ignores the fact that suicide is often the consequence of an unaddressed illness such as depression and or trauma.
Educating ourselves to use sensitive mental health vernacular is important in changing the negative stereotypes attached to mental illness.
It is time we start looking at suicide as a dangerous by-product of a mental health condition that requires treatment and intensive support from family, friends and professionals.
You are not alone.
Reach out to LifeLine Durban today to book an appointment with our counsellors call us: 031 303 1344.
You can also make use of our 24/7 Crisis Line on: 031 312 2323 / email@example.com