Tag: suicide

After teen commits suicide in heeding Instagram poll results, Malaysian youth minister is jump-starting a national discussion about mental health

Bangi—When a teenager leapt to her death on Monday (May 13) after having likely heeded a majority "Die" vote in her social media poll asking netizens to help her decide on suicide, Malaysian Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman expressed concern...

Singaporean man teaching English in Taiwan committed suicide after parents expressed discontent over how he handled his students

A Singaporean man who was working as an English teacher in Taiwan took his own life after thinking that the school was planning to sack him, due to complaints from the parents at how he handled his students. The incident happened on December 8, 2018,...

Singapore’s troubling suicide problem – early detection of signs and professional help is best prevention

Singapore's suicide rates have gone down in the recent years. Samaritans of Singapore (SOS), an organization dedicated to the prevention of suicide, reported 361 suicides in Singapore in 2017, the lowest since 2012. Despite hitting a record low, the statistics reveal even more disturbing...

Singapore’s elderly and their desperate battle with isolation, loneliness and depression

Singapore's elderly citizens may no longer be worrying about raising families and career advancement, but they have difficult battles of their own. It is no secret that they are often beset with illness and pain; however, there is more to their plight than what meets...

Grab driver tells painful story of suicide among kids due to pressure from exams

Netizen Shane Yan took to Facebook to recount the story of an unusual Grab ride, wherein the driver told her and her husband that two of his son’s primary school classmates took their own lives because of pressure at school. Apparently, the driver’s son had...

Rumours continue spreading about deceased at NUS campus despite University’s clarification

It appears that rumours are continuing to spread over the circumstances of the passing of an individual at National University of Singapore (NUS), yesterday. The Independent received a tip-off from a reader yesterday that a person had passed away on campus. The reader reported that...

Teen suicide a growing concern globally – and how one man is addressing this issue

Teen suicide is a growing health concern. It is the second-leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 24, surpassed only by accidents, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. But one man, Enon Landenberg hailing from Tel Aviv,...

Can you feign depression?

Yes, can you? Someone has allegedly got himself discharged from the army by feigning depression. Many Singaporeans would have taken the person's Facebook confession with a pinch of salt. “Not easy to feign depression,” said Ang Yong Guan, a retired military psychiatrist who had served in...

PSLE: what are we doing to our children?

Education Minister Heng Swee Keat’s attempts to take some of the stress out of our education system have shied away from a sensitive question: Is the pressure in schools giving our kids mental problems? Statistics on the link between school pressure and psychological problems are...

Series on schizophrenia Part 3: A doctor’s diagnosis and his mission

“Doctor, you have educated me. You bothered to explain my mental illness to me, that it is just a biochemical imbalance. You told me not to be afraid, that there is hope.” Each time he hears a newly-recovered patient say this, or variations of this,...