[LISTEN] What are the signs of depression and suicide?

Ultra marathon runner, Zanele Hlatshwayo, will participate in the Washie 100 miler in East London on Friday as she hits the final lap in a series of races over the last six months.

Hlatshwayo has been on a mission to raise R180 000 for the South African Depression and Anxiety group (Sadag) by running 18 races between January and July.

She sat down with Azania to share her story.

Hlatshwayo's father committed suicide in 2010 after suffering from severe depression.

On the day that he actually committed suicide, it was a first time I saw my dad after a very long time because the depression had literally taken over his identity and his being. It was a very difficult situation, I was a typical daddy's little girl.

Zanele Hlatshwayo, marathon runner

He kept on saying he is going but I didn't know where. To this day I wish I could have done something more. I wish when it happened at the time, I knew more about depression.

Zanele Hlatshwayo, marathon runner

Clinical Psychologist and Sadag board member, Zamo Mbele, addresses some of the common signs of someone who may be suicidal.

Persons who are especially successful at a suicide often times leave clues that something is going to happen and the tricky thing is you mostly get two categories, the instances where the clues are too vague for us to do anything about them....and then you get the second category where people leave clues that are clear and we struggle to read into them.

Zamo Mbele, Clinical Psychologist

Some people may say it [depression] is worse than any kind of physical pain that you experience, compounded by the physicality. I think what is important is that unfortunately in that moment of deep depression people do not know that it can end without ending everything else.

Zamo Mbele, Clinical Psychologist

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