When a young child commits suicide it leaves parents and friends shocked, saddened and wondering if they could’ve done more to prevent it. Here’s how to take action to help a troubled child and prevent child suicide.
A Singaporean girl attempted to kill herself ten times, according to a report by the Malaysia chronicle. Her numerous attempts have driven her parents to taking out a court injunction against her taking her life.
Extreme as the above case may be, it appears that thoughts of suicide have been on the increase in Singaporean children. According to a 2010 statistics from the Samaritans of Singapore (SOS), an organisation dedicated to suicide prevention, the rates of suicide cases in Singapore rose from 8.76 per 100,000 residents in 2008 to 9.35 in 2009.
The increase in suicide rates predominantly involved young people. Among the 10 to 29 years age group, 91 killed themselves compared to 64 in 2008. Suicide rates for the 20 to 29 years age group stood at 72.
Compared to other developed countries, child suicide rates amongst Singapore youths are still relatively low. However, these numbers have been creeping up over the last 30 years. In the book, “Feeling blue – A guide to handling teenage depression”, Dr Daniel Fung, Carolyn Kee and Dr Rebecca Ang, share that there is a “worrying trend of extremely young suicides which has become more apparent in the past 10 years.” They add that, “Because of this, a national mental health prevention programme called ‘Mind Your Mind’ was put in place.