Suicide

  • Suicide is among the top three causes of death among young persons aged 15 to 35 years old1. People who commit suicide believe that no one can help them, and that there is no other way out of the pain except death. Timely intervention will save lives. Do recognise the warning signs and offer your help.

    Note: ALWAYS treat suicidal thoughts and attempts seriously. They are warning signs of someone in desperate need of help. 

    Warning signs


    GETTING HELP


    IF YOU’RE FEELING SUICIDAL NOW


    Call 999 or the Samaritans of Singapore (SOS) at 1800-221-4444 (Both operate 24/7). Stay on the phone with them until someone comes to you. Or, head down to the Accident & Emergency (A&E) Department of the nearest hospital. 


    OFFERING HELP TO A LOVED ONE IN NEED


    Don’t be afraid to talk to someone whom you think is contemplating suicide. It will NOT increase the likelihood of it happening. Instead,

    • Treat it seriously.
    • Listen and don’t be judgemental.
    • Stay with the person and do not leave the person alone.
    • Seek immediate help from an adult you trust – a teacher, parent or counsellor.

    Alternatively, call 999 or the Samaritans of Singapore (SOS) at 1800-221-4444 (Both operate 24/7). Or, bring him/her to the Accident & Emergency (A&E) Department of the nearest hospital.


    PRACTICAL TIPS FOR KEEPING YOURSELF SAFE

    Creating a safety plan would allow you to be more aware of the situations where you may feel suicidal, available resources in your community, as well as concrete steps that you could take to ensure your personal safety. 

    Safety Plan 

    Click here to download template. 

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    1 World Health Organisation. Preventing Suicide (2000),
    http://whqlibdoc.who.int/hq/2000/WHO_MNH_MBD_00.4.pdf