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Let's talk about suicide among young people

Ahead of World Mental Health Day on Oct 10, a psychiatrist calls for better support for young people at risk of suicide

The first time I talked to the mother of a patient who had killed himself, I was frightened.

I had had no intimation of his suicide. The patient, a young man with a serious mental illness, had been distressed over his inability to continue with his studies, but when I last saw him, about a couple of weeks before his death, he seemed to have come to terms with that, and we discussed looking for a job in the interim.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 05, 2019, with the headline 'Let's talk about suicide among young people'. Subscribe