Young adults are considered to be the most at-risk group for depression. Nearly half of all deaths in the 15-24-year age group are due to interpersonal violence, suicides and accidents.
A 2015 study by Stellenbosch University found 12% of students had symptoms of moderate to severe depression and 15% had symptoms of moderate to severe anxiety. The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) states that one in four South African university students’ experiences depression. Furthermore, depending on whether one takes 2012 SAMRC or 2015 Stats SA figures, suicide features in the top five or top nine causes of death among young adults. Many more make an attempt to self-harm.