A doctor at the Department of Psychology at Stellenbosch University, Jason Bantjes, says the country needs a clear and comprehensive suicide prevention strategy. According to statistics, there is one suicide every hour in the country. Bantjes, who does research on the prevalence and prevention of suicidal behaviour, says there are frameworks in place but it lacks sufficient detail. Bantjes says now is the time to start advocating for a national strategy and resources for suicide prevention.”It’s certainly not easy to understand why some people come to believe that their lives are not worth living, but its absolutely possible for us to prevent suicide. If we have a national suicide prevention strategy, we’ll be able to harness the intersectoral collaboration and multi-level approaches that we need in order to curb the rising suicide rates in our country. Today is World Suicide Prevention Da.