429 suicides were reported in 2016, an increase of 20 from 2015. This saw the second highest suicide deaths recorded in Singapore for the past 10 years, with the highest tipping at 467 in 2012.
Suicide death in young adults aged 20 to 29 remains a significant concern. 77 of them died by suicide in 2016. This works out to more than 6 per month, the highest number of deaths among all other age groups. A worrying trend in Singapore is the high prevalence of suicide mortality among the youths for the past 5 years.
There were 409 reported suicides in Singapore in 2015. The suicide rate was 8.43, the lowest since an alarming spike of 10.27 in 2012. The suicide rate in 2012 was the highest seen in Singapore since 2006.
For the 10-19 age group, there were 27 suicides in 2015; an average of more than two teenage suicides a month. This was twice the number for this age group from the previous year, and one of the highest figures in recent years. This is despite a shrinking population of those aged 10-19, which has seen a decline of 7.1% since 2012.
Event: International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day 2015 by SOS
Date: 21 November 2015 (Saturday)
Time: 12.00pm – 2.30pm
Venue: Samaritans of Singapore
International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is a day when suicide survivors gather in their local communities to remember those they've lost through suicide. In 2014, there were 278 locally organized events held around the world, including Singapore.
As part of World Suicide Prevention Week, Samaritans of Singapore (SOS) has launched a new campaign – Wear a plaster. End the Silence.
The campaign encourages everyone to show their support by wearing an SOS plaster on their inner wrists. The plaster serves as a conversation starter, as the first step to prevent suicide is to simply talk about it.
From 7 September 2015, supporters will be able to download a virtual plaster, which they can add to their social media profile pictures and help spread the word.
On 10 September 2015, SOS plasters will be given out at several locations throughout Singapore. Supporters will be able to collect the plasters, wear them on their inner wrists, and post a photo with a heartfelt caption using the hashtag #howru.
Information on downloading the virtual plaster and collecting the SOS plaster can be found on sos.org.sg.
A total of 415 people died by suicide in Singapore in 2014, of whom 70% were males. Suicide among males increased by 29% from 227 in 2004 to 292 in 2014, while female suicide decreased by 20% from 154 in 2004 to 123 in 2014. This means that for every 2 females who died by suicide, there were about five male suicides in 2014, up from 3 in 2004.
The ratio is growing even more significantly in the age group 60-69, which saw the biggest difference between males and females in 2014. For every 2 female suicides, there were 8 male suicides in 2014, up from 3 in 2004. The number of suicides among males in this age group increased by 117%, from 24 in 2004 to 52 in 2014. Female suicide decreased by 19% from 16 in 2004 to 13 in 2014.
A total of 422 people died by suicide in Singapore in 2013. This represents a 10% decrease from 467 suicides registered in 2012. The national suicide rate went down from 10.27 per 100,000 resident population in 2012 to 9.29 in 2013. In the last ten years, the total number of suicides averaged at 395 while the suicide rate averaged at 9.28.
Suicide among youths aged below 30 accounted for nearly a quarter (24%) of all suicides in 2013. Youth suicide averaged at 20% in the past ten years. Suicide is tragic, and for the youths who died by suicide, it is a disturbing indicator of the level of distress they were experiencing.
The national suicide rate increased from 8.13 per 100,000 resident population in 2011 to 10.27 in 2012. The number of suicide deaths reached an all-time high of 467, an increase of 29% from 361 suicide deaths in 2011.
The most significant increase comes from the age group 20-29 which is about 80%. The number of suicide deaths rose from 46 in 2011 to 83 in 2012.
10 September marks World Suicide Prevention Day to promote worldwide commitment to suicide prevention. One of the leading causes of death among various age groups, suicide affects millions of people and leaves behind family, friends and loved ones who are forever changed by the grief and trauma of a suicide death.
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