Deputy mayor, Cllr Fawzia Peer, alongside community leaders, at the night vigil of the late Kelly Chetty, last Monday.
The community of Phoenix came out in their numbers to hold a night vigil in remembrance of 15-year-old Kelly Chetty who ended her own life outside Avonford Secondary School, last Monday.
The memorial was an initiative driven by community activist and feminist, Al-haadia Shaik and Rebel Rouzer.
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Over 200 community members including deputy mayor, Fawzia Peer, DLC leader, Patrick Pillay, Mervyn Reddy Shane Hansraj and ANC councillor, Previn Vedan, attended to pay tribute to the Kelly and console the bereaved family.
“We thank the community for the love and unity in this vigil and for the support to the family of Kelly Chetty. She will always be remembered In the hearts of the Phoenix community,” Shaik said.
Speaking to the Phoenix Sun, Sharleen Pillay from the Durban and Coastal Mental Health, said that loved friends and families should look for signs in their loved ones.
“Signs of losing interest in things that they used to enjoy, talking about suicide or killing themselves, talking or thinking about death, isolating themselves from family and friends, creating comments about being hopeless, worthless or helpless, giving away possessions that are valuable to them, visiting people or calling people just to say goodbye, sleeplessness or increased sleeping patterns and increase or decrease in appetite are some of the signs to look out for,” Pillay said.
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She also revealed that there are readily available resources.
“Community members suffering can reach out to the the Phoenix Crisis Centre, where counselling and community support is available. The Phoenix Crisis Centre can be reached on 078-607-9117 or 074-401-0786. The youth can also reach out to Teen Suicide Prevention Helpline on 080-070-8090,” Pillay said.
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