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The number of attempted suicides increased from 1,009 in 2011 to 1,090 in 2012.
This is an increase from 19.5 to 20.5 per 100,000 people.
The number of deaths from suicide rose from 8.1 per 100,000 people in 2011 to 10.3 in 2012.
Health Minister Gan Kim Yong revealed these figures in a written answer to Nominated MPs Laurence Lien and Faizah Jamal.
Relationship problems were associated with one-third of all suicides.
Employment issues accounted for another one-third.
This was found in a study based on Singapore’s suicide statistics from 2000-2004, said the minister.
He stressed that the government had suicide prevention measures in place.
The Health Promotion Board has a programme which trains selected tertiary students on mental health issues, including suicide prevention, to help fellow students in need.
To help prevent suicides by the elderly, there are community services such as active ageing programmes and wellness centres managed by the People’s Association that encourage socialisation and promote an active lifestyle.
Family Service Centres help people overcome their social and emotional problems and to regain stability and independence.

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