Marizka Coetzer
Journalist
3 minute read
2 Aug 2021
5:30 am

Mental health crisis plagues SA men as suicide rates soar

Marizka Coetzer

The World Health Organisation reported men in SA were four times more likely to commit suicide than women and lockdown is making things worse.

Sad man with protective face mask at home living room couch feeling tired and worried suffering depression amid coronavirus lockdown and social distancing. Mental Health and isolation concept | Picture: iStock

Mental health has become a massive crisis in the country and with long waiting lists to get treatment, it has become the silent killer in the pandemic. Loyiso Maqubela, a clinical psychologist practising at Akeso Milnerton in Cape Town, said men were the most affected. The World Health Organisation reported men in SA were four times more likely to commit suicide than women. “This should indicate far high- er rates of depression amongst men in South Africa, and yet we see significantly more women seeking help for depression,” Maqubela said. Got it “Presenting with anger and frustration, physical violence, engaging...