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Depression is a major risk factor for suicide among people aged 15-29, with 703K people dying each year.
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For every suicide, there are likely 20 people making attempts and many more having serious thoughts of suicide.
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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 264 million people suffer from depression.

did You Know?

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Depression is a major risk factor for suicide among people aged 15-29, with 703K people dying each year.
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For every suicide, there are likely 20 people making attempts and many more having serious thoughts of suicide.
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Drug abuse is linked to mental health issues, with up to 75% of those seeking help reporting mental health issues.

Depression & suicide

Depression is a major risk factor for suicide, as it can lead to feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, and despair, which can culminate in suicidal thoughts or actions.

What causes
suicide

Mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and substance abuse disorders can increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

Suicidal thoughts
prevention

Mental health condition such as depression, seek treatment from a mental health professional. Treatment can help manage symptoms and prevent suicidal thoughts.

we’re here
for you

Jessica Matheson Foundation aims to provide access to qualified social workers to help children and adolescents navigate the challenges of today.

fighting depression & suicide in a comprehensive way.

Working towards a future where all people get the care and support they need to thrive.

The Jessica Matheson Foundation is a Non-Government Organisation which is a one of a kind as it focusses on the alleviation of suicide and depression in South Africa as well as the Southern African Development Community at large. We specialise in providing Social Services such as providing Social Workers, Councillors in schools as well as communities that are in need. Furthermore, we do awareness campaigns, road shows and mentoring.

School

Overall, preventing suicide & depression in schools requires a comprehensive and coordinated effort that involves the entire school community. By working together, schools can help create a safe and supportive environment that promotes mental health and wellness for all students.

community

It is important to note that preventing suicide & depression is an ongoing process that requires long-term commitment, multi-faceted approach that involves various community stakeholders, and collaboration among community members, healthcare professionals, and policymakers.

Foundations help in lots of differrent ways.

Raising awareness

Foundations can help raise awareness about mental health issues and the risks of suicide and depression.

Fund Research

Foundations can help fund research to improve understanding of depression and suicide,.

Support services

Foundations can provide support services to people in crisis, providing a lifeline and connecting them with resources.

Policy changes

Foundations can advocate for policy changes to support mental health (suicide & depression) prevention and treatment.

Jessica Matheson foundation biography (our story).

She was given the Zulu name “Buhle,” which means “Beauty,” by the hospital staff.

Jessica Talia Yaffah Matheson was given the TB vaccine, but due to the large amounts of antibiotics she was given, developed thrush and nappy rash. She was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder and Bulimia, which caused her to become binge eating and bulimic. Jessica’s EDU Unit treatment did not stop her bulimia, but going back to school was difficult, and her best friends turned against her. She was accepted to another school, where she made new friends and reaffirmed her worth, but eventually committed suicide due to mental health issues.

Jessica Matheson foundation biography (our story).

She was given the Zulu name “Buhle,” which means “Beauty,” by the hospital staff.

Jessica Talia Yaffah Matheson was given the TB vaccine, but due to the large amounts of antibiotics she was given, developed thrush and nappy rash. She was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder and Bulimia, which caused her to become binge eating and bulimic. Jessica’s EDU Unit treatment did not stop her bulimia, but going back to school was difficult, and her best friends turned against her. She was accepted to another school, where she made new friends and reaffirmed her worth, but eventually committed suicide due to mental health issues.

Are you feeling hopeless and helpless, even thinking of committing suicide?

We know that suicidal thoughts are complex, frightening and confusing to you and we are here to help you and we’re not afraid of going into these difficult areas with you, and we’ll take you seriously whether you’re having a few suicidal thoughts or have made clear plans to end your life.

If this is you or someone you know please call one of the following help lines NOW (All these are Free – Confidential – One to One and available 24/7

SADAG (Suicide Crisis)

0800 567 567 (SADAG).

CIPLA Helpline

076 882 2775 or SMS 31393

Akeso Crisis Helpline

0861 435 787 (Akeso).

Lifeline SA

0861-322-322 (Lifeline SA).

You can learn more from our asked questions

We’re experienced in listening to people with suicidal thoughts, feelings and plans and are here to support you:

  • When you’re desperate or on edge, we can help you get through that moment.
  • We’ll help you make sense of what you’re feeling.
  • We can identify other forms of help if you think you want it.

They are there when all your friends are asleep and you are alone in the world, full of thoughts.

We hope that, through talking to us, you’ll get to a place where you see your situation in a different light.

If you are not a child or adult at risk, we respect your freedom to make your own decisions, including the decision to take your own life. We’ll continue to talk with you if you’ve taken action to end your life.

You might be experiencing some of the following suicidal thoughts and feelings:

  • Feel sure that you want to die.
  • Desperately want a solution to your nightmare and dan’t see any other way out.
  • Don’t care if you live or die and are taking more risks or living recklessly.
  • Don’t actively want to kill yourself but would welcome death if it happened. You might view death as a release or way of taking control.
  • Don’t know why you are having suicidal thoughts or suicidal feelings, and are completely powerless to know what to do about it.

We can talk with you through all of this.

In most situations and for most people we are a confidential service and we won’t ever tell anyone about our conversation, or even that you called, unless you ask us to. However, there are important exceptions to this. 

We won’t call emergency services, except for in these circumstances:

  • You ask us to, and you’re unable to call for yourself.
  • You’ve already told us your address, location or phone number, and then become incoherent or unconscious during the call.
  • You’re in one of our branches, and you’ve harmed yourself in a way that puts you in danger at that time.
  • You are a child or an adult at risk . 
  • Your situation fits one of the reasons why we cannot maintain confidentiality.

We’re experienced in listening to people with suicidal thoughts, feelings and plans and are here to support you:

  • When you’re desperate or on edge, we can help you get through that moment.
  • We’ll help you make sense of what you’re feeling.
  • We can identify other forms of help if you think you want it.

They are there when all your friends are asleep and you are alone in the world, full of thoughts.

We hope that, through talking to us, you’ll get to a place where you see your situation in a different light.

If you are not a child or adult at risk, we respect your freedom to make your own decisions, including the decision to take your own life. We’ll continue to talk with you if you’ve taken action to end your life.

You might be experiencing some of the following suicidal thoughts and feelings:

  • Feel sure that you want to die.
  • Desperately want a solution to your nightmare and dan’t see any other way out.
  • Don’t care if you live or die and are taking more risks or living recklessly.
  • Don’t actively want to kill yourself but would welcome death if it happened. You might view death as a release or way of taking control.
  • Don’t know why you are having suicidal thoughts or suicidal feelings, and are completely powerless to know what to do about it.

We can talk with you through all of this.

In most situations and for most people we are a confidential service and we won’t ever tell anyone about our conversation, or even that you called, unless you ask us to. However, there are important exceptions to this. 

We won’t call emergency services, except for in these circumstances:

  • You ask us to, and you’re unable to call for yourself.
  • You’ve already told us your address, location or phone number, and then become incoherent or unconscious during the call.
  • You’re in one of our branches, and you’ve harmed yourself in a way that puts you in danger at that time.
  • You are a child or an adult at risk . 
  • Your situation fits one of the reasons why we cannot maintain confidentiality.

We’re experienced in listening to people with suicidal thoughts, feelings and plans and are here to support you:

  • When you’re desperate or on edge, we can help you get through that moment.
  • We’ll help you make sense of what you’re feeling.
  • We can identify other forms of help if you think you want it.

They are there when all your friends are asleep and you are alone in the world, full of thoughts.

We hope that, through talking to us, you’ll get to a place where you see your situation in a different light.

If you are not a child or adult at risk, we respect your freedom to make your own decisions, including the decision to take your own life. We’ll continue to talk with you if you’ve taken action to end your life.

You might be experiencing some of the following suicidal thoughts and feelings:

  • Feel sure that you want to die.
  • Desperately want a solution to your nightmare and dan’t see any other way out.
  • Don’t care if you live or die and are taking more risks or living recklessly.
  • Don’t actively want to kill yourself but would welcome death if it happened. You might view death as a release or way of taking control.
  • Don’t know why you are having suicidal thoughts or suicidal feelings, and are completely powerless to know what to do about it.

We can talk with you through all of this.

In most situations and for most people we are a confidential service and we won’t ever tell anyone about our conversation, or even that you called, unless you ask us to. However, there are important exceptions to this. 

We won’t call emergency services, except for in these circumstances:

  • You ask us to, and you’re unable to call for yourself.
  • You’ve already told us your address, location or phone number, and then become incoherent or unconscious during the call.
  • You’re in one of our branches, and you’ve harmed yourself in a way that puts you in danger at that time.
  • You are a child or an adult at risk . 
  • Your situation fits one of the reasons why we cannot maintain confidentiality.

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