Every day, an estimated 21 South Africans commit suicide and, according to experts, stress could be a significant contributing factor.
According to studies done by University of KwaZulu-Natal researcher Lourens Schlebusch, an estimated 7 582 South Africans die by their own hand every year and 20 times that number attempt but fail to take their own lives. South Africa ranks eighth internationally for its high suicide rate, according to the South African Federation for Mental Health.
A recent study, conducted by international research company Bloomberg, ranked South Africa as the second “most stressed out” nation in the world, following Nigeria. El Salvador was ranked third. Another study, conducted last year by Ipsos Global and Reuters, showed that up to 53% of South Africa’s workforce does not take their allotted annual leave. Source