Create a safe space so people are free to voice suicide fears

Suicide should not just become important when it involves a public figure and gets highlighted in the headlines.

It is easy to think that it will never happen to us. Yet, we have seen it time and again in the lives of people around us. While there is a need to start conversations with those who are at risk, we must not forget that just about anyone can be at risk. Each life lost to suicide is more than a figure or statistic. Unfortunately, we have had too few initiatives and campaigns to address suicide prevention in Singapore. Do we not see suicide as a legitimate cause for concern? Are we just waiting for an increase in statistics to convince us that this is a real and urgent public health issue?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 17, 2018, with the headline 'Create a safe space so people are free to voice suicide fears'. Print Edition | Subscribe