Seek help when in emotional distress

Two years ago, I lost a close friend to suicide ("Seven in 10 who commit suicide are men: SOS"; July 28).

We still don't know why he did it. The experience is not something his parents talk about, even to the people closest to them. They do not wish to be silently judged.

According to the World Health Organisation, every 40 seconds, one person commits suicide. It is a permanent and tragic "solution" to what could have been a temporary problem.

There is, unfortunately, a good deal of stigma still surrounding suicide.

Too often, the person suffering emotional distress is too ashamed to speak up. He feels alone and without choices.

It is time for us all to remember that even though we may feel hopeless and alone, we need to talk to someone.

There are resources available to help anyone who is struggling with emotional issues or suicidal thoughts.

If you think something is wrong, speak up. The problem is not your fault, and you are never alone in this. Help is out there.

Sherman Goh Keng Hwee


Singapore Association for Mental Health: 1800-283-7019

Silver Ribbon: 6386-1928

Institute of Mental Health's Mobile Crisis Service: 6389-2222

Samaritans of Singapore (24 hours): 1800-221-4444

Care Corner Counselling Centre (Mandarin): 1800-353-5800