VAAL TRIANGLE - Youth development initiative Grades and Levels SA this week launched its new 24/7 counselling hotline, which aims to address the staggering youth suicide rate. According to the World Health Organisation, 800 thousand young people commit suicide worldwide each year. The counselling hotline will be free to young people in collaboration with student leadership at higher education facilities. Clinical Psychologist Mthetho Tshemese says urgent intervention is needed. Tshemese says they want to have offices across the province and are in the process of hiring 100 employees who are going to be part of this particular call centre. According to Tshemese they will be trained and employed in the next 30 days.