Sunday, August 25

More than 60 suicides a month likely, says PKR Women leader

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KUCHING: The grim report released by the National Suicide Registry Malaysia recently that 60 people committed suicide every month in the country in 2011 could be misleading as there may be cases not reported to the police or medical department.

Voicing this fear, PKR Women vice chairperson Voon Shiak Ni urged the relevant authorities to step up awareness campaign to curb the number of people taking their own life.

“It is high time that everyone be made aware of how to play a role in preventing suicides and to identify the warning signs and to lend emotional support and help their friends or relatives to seek help to stop them from ending their lives or the lives of their whole family as a solution to their problems,” she was quoted as saying.

“Most people who committed suicide did not want to die or kill their love ones if they could see other options or hope — a suicidal person is in so much pain that he or she can see no other option.

She also called on the welfare ministry to work harder to raise awareness on prevention of family suicide as following the news of the arrest of the parents of a five-year-old girl who died in an attempted suicide pact.