IN SINGAPORE, IT IS A CRIMINAL OFFENCE.
SUICIDE IS A LOSE-LOSE SOLUTION FOR YOU! If you succeed, you’re dead and your family has to deal with the messy consequences. If you fail, you may be charged for a crime.
25 October 2017
In 2016, 3% of suicides were Malays but they made up 13.4% of the population. It’s wonderful to be Malay in this sense: less risk of taking your own life.
17% of suicides were Indians but they made up 9.1% of the population. Over represented.
Chinese made up 74% of suicides. Chinese made up 74.3% of the population.
Others made up 3.2% of the population but 6% of suicides.
Singapore Population by Race 2014 2015 2016
Attempt at Suicide in Singapore: 901 arrested in 2014, 862 in 2013.
More arrested in Singapore for attempting suicide
More people were arrested for attempting suicide last year, according to latest police figures as of June 8. Last year, 901 people were arrested for trying to kill themselves, compared with 862 in 2013.
The 4.5 per cent increase in arrests, however, may not necessarily be a cause for alarm. Experts said the rise could be due to better intervention by third parties, such as family, friends and the police.
Under Section 309 of the Penal Code, those who attempt suicide can be punished with jail for up to a year, or with a fine, or both.
People’s attitude towards suicide has changed, said Dr Lim Boon Leng, a psychiatrist in private practice. “Now they are more willing to look for help or approach the police to intervene, or (take) suicidal people to the hospital where, sometimes, police reports are lodged.”
Dr Lim added that while suicide might be more taboo in the past and usually hushed up, increased awareness of intervention methods available may have helped to nudge the shift in attitudes.
There is, however, a silver lining: People are increasingly aware of when and where to seek help.
Samaritans of Singapore (SOS) reported a 260 per cent rise in the number of people who have sought emotional support via e-mail from 2009 to last year.
Dr Lim: In 2011, the suicide mortality in Singapore is close to 10 per 100,000 residents.