Preventing Suicides

by Patrick Liew on July 31, 2018

Preventing Suicides

Research shows that suicide rates are highest among the elderly and the rates are projected to increase in Singapore and other fast-aging countries.

Yet, prevention of such a tragedy is a much neglected area.

The authorities should convene a task force and engage key stakeholders to help prevent and respond to elderly suicide through crisis-handling and resilience-improvement systems, education, information, skills and support and services.

In particular, they should focus on those who have manifested signs of suicidal tendency as well as those belonging to high-risk and vulnerable groups such as those suffering from chronic physical and mental illnesses and stresses, bereavements, and lifestyle and functional impairments.

There should be a comprehensive review of current systems for preventing suicides at every level of society and for all age groups, including improving codes of conduct for coverage of such cases on both online and printed media.

Every person lost through suicide casts a dark shadow on our country and is the responsibility of all Singaporeans.


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