Singapore records higher suicide rate in 2009

00:22, July 27, 2010      

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Singapore registered 401 confirmed suicides cases in 2009, which brought the suicide rate to 9.35 per 100,000 residents from 8.76 per 100,000 in 2008, local media reported on Monday.

The suicide prevention and support group Samaritans of Singapore (SOS) said the total number of male suicides, 267, doubled that of female suicides, 134, local TV broadcaster Channel NewsAsia said.

Young men in the age group of 20-29 were found to be at high risk. The total number of suicides among members of the age group almost doubled to 51 last year.

There was also an increase in youth (ages 10-19) suicides from 12 in 2008 to 19 suicides in 2009.

The SOS said it handled almost 40,000 calls between April last year and March this year.

Men aged 20-29, who called in to the SOS hotline, often spoke of their difficulties and anxieties in coping with stress in their life. Female callers, aged 50 and above expressed their feelings of loneliness and relationship issues. Some of the problems shared by the youths who called in include identity and crisis-related issues.

Source: Xinhua


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