KUHLUKA MOVEMENT NEWSLETTER
Oct 19, 2023
Suicide Awareness Month
By Kuhluka Team
SUICIDE IS A PUBLIC HEALTH PROBLEM THAT AFFECTS INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES ALL OVER THE WORLD.
SEPTEMBER IS CONSIDERED WORLDWIDE TO BE SUICIDE PREVENTION AND AWARENESS MONTH. AS THE MONTH DRAWS TO A CLOSE, IT IS IMPORTANT TO HIGHLIGHT THE IMPORTANCE OF ADDRESSING THE TOPIC OF SUICIDE BECAUSE OF THE GENDER- BASED VIOLENCE EPIDEMIC, WITH WOMEN WHO ARE VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE AND/OR IN TOXIC RELATIONSHIPS BEING CONSIDERED MORE LIKELY TO COMMIT SUICIDE. THIS MONTH ALSO HIGHLIGHTS THE IMPORTANCE OF SUICIDE PREVENTION ACTIONS FOR ALL EXPECTANT MOTHERS, SO THAT THEY LAST THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AND NOT JUST IN SEPTEMBER.
SUICIDE AND GBV
THIS YELLOW SEPTEMBER, SUICIDE PREVENTION MONTH, GIVES US THE OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS, REFLECT ON AND CONFRONT ISSUES RELATED TO MENTAL HEALTH, INCLUDING VICTIMS OF GBV, SINCE THIS PHENOMENON IS DIRECTLY ASSOCIATED WITH PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS, INCLUDING SUICIDE.
LITTLE IS SAID ABOUT THE FACT THAT VIOLENCE IS ONE OF THE MAIN CAUSES OF THE COUNTLESS CASES OF SUICIDE IN THE WORLD, BUT RESEARCH AT NATIONAL AND GLOBAL LEVEL POINTS TO SUICIDE AND/OR ATTEMPTED SUICIDE AS ONE OF THE MOST WORRYING CONSEQUENCES OF GBV.
THE FIGHT AGAINST SUICIDE AND GBV MUST BE JOINT . THE NUMEROUS RECORDED CASES OF SUICIDE AND ATTEMPTED SUICIDE ARE ALARMING, AND DRAW ATTENTION TO THE NEED TO AMPLIFY PREVENTIVE ACTIONS FOR VULNERABLE GROUPS, INCLUDING VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS OF VIOLENCE; THIS ACTION SHOULD BE MULTISECTORAL, INCLUDING ACTIONS SUCH AS:
Early identification of people or vulnerable groups affected by suicidal behavior, in order to provide appropriate follow-up and/or referral;
Encouraging multisectoral collaboration to provide support to groups and people in vulnerable situations;
Identify providers and services available to those who need them;
Limit access to common means of suicide for victims of violence, offering appropriate support and follow-up.
12th September Klerksdorp North West Province
A check in meeting with Pillars who have been trained to run Circles of support.Workshop with volunteers from Amazing Grace Development.
13th September , Klerksdorp North West Province
Workshop to capacitate volunteers with GBV concepts and how to communicate with victims.
31st August Braamfontein, Gauteng Province
Trauma debrief workshop with CSVR. Session to debrief with trained Pillars in partnership with CSVR team.
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