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South African universities need to know why students’ suicide risk is so high

South African universities need to know why students’ suicide risk is so high

JASON BANTJES, Associate Professor in the Psychology Department, Stellenbosch University AN estimated 800,000 people die by suicide globally each year. It’s the second most common cause of death in people aged 15 to 29. University students around the globe are more at risk of suicidal behaviour than the general population. It’s important to understand the reasons so that effective interventions can be planned to prevent suffering and death. An international group of experts, working as part of the World Health Organisation’s World Mental Health International College Student Initiative, has been established to investigate the high rates of psychological distress among…
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Nurses suffer burn-out, psychological distress in COVID fight – association

Nurses suffer burn-out, psychological distress in COVID fight – association

CECILE MANTOVANI MANY nurses caring for COVID-19 patients are suffering burn-out or psychological distress, and many have faced abuse or discrimination outside of work, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) said. Supplies of personal protective equipment for nurses and other health workers in some care homes remain insufficient, it said, marking World Mental Health Day. "We are extremely concerned about the mental health impact on nurses," Howard Catton, a British nurse who is the ICN's chief executive, told Reuters Television at the association's headquarters in Geneva. "Our most recent survey of national nurses' associations shows that more than 70% of…
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