Don't overlook parental support in assessing students' suicide risk

There has been debate on assessing the suicide risk of students who are under police investigation, following the Benjamin Lim incident ("Teen's death: Schools assess suicide risk but not for every police case"; March 15).

I noticed that a lot of details were directed at the police and schools, but very little attention was given to the importance of parental support.

The most important emotional support for a child should come from the parents.

From birth to adolescence, the closest relationship a child can have is with his mother, even though it may sometimes be negative.

Therefore, in all the measures to be introduced, such as prosecution, investigation, assessment counselling and so on, the parents should be the first to be involved and should continue to play a major role.

Only then will we get better results.

George Wong Seow Choon (Dr)