Why Gauteng needs a counselling ministry?Written by Hillary Keatley
Among the many heart-breaking reasons as to why we need a counselling ministry in South Africa, the most pressing reasons include single parent households and suicide rates
According to research done by the SA Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR), only 33% of children in South Africa live with both their parents. This means that only a third of the country's children live with their parents and the rest live with single parents, on their own, with relatives or in foster care. This reality leaves just over 39% of children living with their mothers only, about 4% living with their fathers only and 8% living with their grandparents, great aunts or uncles, but without their own parents.
There are even child-headed households, where the oldest resident is younger than 18 years old, accommodating 0.5% of children. The remaining 16% are children living in care homes and with relative’s other than their biological parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles.
You may be wondering what any of this has to do with counselling ministries, but the stats prove that living arrangements of children could have an impact on their future. Research has shown that those who live without both parents are often more vulnerable to poverty and unemployment, and may also be exposed to various forms of abuse. Research also suggests that children who live without both their parents may be more likely to have behavioural problems or even turn to crime. Not only do these circumstances affect South African households on every level, but our economy as well because the absence of the parents contributes to an increasing state welfare bill, causing inflation.
All the above-mentioned situations have further consequences such as anxiety, depression and even suicide. According to the SA Federation for Mental Health, South Africa has the eighth-highest suicide rate in the world. Their research has shown that the country has approximately 8 000 suicides a year. Around one million suicides are recorded each year globally. Based on this information, suicide is the third greatest cause of unnatural death in the country, meaning that around 230 people try to commit suicide daily and sadly 23 succeed in taking their own lives.
As you can see single parent households and suicide rates are very serious issues that people are facing on a daily basis in South Africa. With the help of a counselling ministry, we can begin to relieve some of these pressures knowing that no matter who you are or what your situation is, there are those willing to help. The most important and comforting reason is having a place to learn how to help others in your community and change our country for the better one volunteer at a time.
For more information on how to get involved with our counselling ministry, or to get hold of someone to assist you please visit our website http://www.scccentre.org/ and become the change you want to see in our country today! Don’t wait until it’s too late, do something today that will make a difference tomorrow.
Hilary And The Team