MEDIA STATEMENT: 10 OCTOBER 2023
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SUICIDE AWARENESS ONLINE EVENT – BREAKING THE CHAIN
Pretoria, Soshanguve– Botshilu Private Hospital, a leading advocate for mental health and well-being, is proud to announce the hosting of an online Suicide Awareness Session to observe World Health Mental Day today, the 10th of October 2023. This initiative aims to raise awareness about suicide prevention, promote mental health education, and provide support to those affected by suicide.
The session, which will be accessible to the public via ZOOM online platform, underscores our commitment to addressing the critical issue of suicide in our community. According to recent statistics, suicide is a significant public health concern, and raising awareness about its prevention is essential. By providing accurate information, resources, and support, we hope to contribute to the overall well-being of individuals and families.
The topics will be covered by our mental health specialists, Psychiatrists Dr Prudence Molete and Dr Thabo Mogotlane, Social Worker Mr Methews Motsepe and Psychologist Ms Tebogo Sefularo. During the online session, participants will gain valuable insight from our mental health specialists and the opportunity to:
1. Learn About Warning Signs: Understand the signs of suicide and how to recognise them in oneself and others.
2. Access Resources: Discover local and national resources available for individuals struggling with suicidal thoughts or affected by suicide.
3. Promote Hope: Highlight stories of resilience and recovery to inspire hope and reduce stigma surrounding mental health issues.
4. Educate: Provide valuable information about mental health, self-care, and the importance of seeking help when needed.
“Botshilu Private Hospital believes that everyone has a role to play in suicide prevention. By organising this online session, we aim to empower individuals with knowledge, encourage open conversations, and promote a supportive environment where people feel comfortable seeking help. We also wish to extend our gratitude to our volunteers who are our mental health professionals who made this enlightening and encouraging online session possible. Together, we can create a safer, more understanding community where mental health is a priority” said Mrs Boitumelo Mphake, Stakeholder Relationship Manager.
About Botshilu Private Hospital
Botshilu Private Hospital, located at Soshanguve, north of Pretoria, is a leading healthcare facility committed to providing comprehensive and compassionate medical services to the community. We are dedicated to promoting wellness and supporting the local community through various initiatives, such as providing the community with free health education and screening platforms.