SA's suicide mortality rate high compared to other African countries

The South African Institute for Race Relations (SAIRR) released a report that shows South Africa's suicide mortality rate is shocking high compared to other African countries.

Research analyst at SAIRR, Tawanda Makombe, says the report shows that South Africa has a suicide mortality rate of 10.7 per 100 000 people.

Economic hardships, lack of solutions to life problems in South Africa and lack of suicide prevention programmes in schools and communities contribute to the rate being high.

Tawanda Makombe, IRR Research analyst

Makombe says that the government must put in place proper suicide prevention programmes. He says that they have found that there is no proper follow up to see if the counselling offered has had an effect.

South Africa's suicide mortality rate is lower than Angola which is at 20.5, Cameroon 11.9 and Swaziland 14.7 per 100 000 people.

Listen to Makombe on what government can do to curb suicide mortality in SA...


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