Singapore Witnesses Highest Suicide Rates in Over 20 Years
Singapore's suicide rates have reached their highest level in over two decades, according to a report by Samaritans of Singapore Ltd, a non-profit organization. The increase in suicides is believed to be a result of various factors, including social pressures and economic uncertainties, which have contributed to a rise in mental distress.
In 2022, Singapore recorded a total of 476 suicides, with a significant rise observed among both the youth and the elderly.
This alarming trend indicates that suicide has become the leading cause of death among individuals aged 10 to 29 for the fourth consecutive year, accounting for nearly 39% of the total deaths in this age group.
The growing number of suicides sheds light on the importance of addressing mental health issues and promoting awareness.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has set a target to reduce the global suicide rate by one-third by 2030. According to a WHO report, approximately 703,000 people died by suicide in 2019, making it one of the primary causes of death worldwide.
However, the current rate of decline, which saw a 36% decrease over the past 20 years until 2019, is considered insufficient to achieve the 2030 target, as estimated by the WHO. Efforts need to be intensified to combat this pressing issue and ensure adequate support and resources are provided to individuals struggling with mental health challenges.
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