Suicides can be prevented - we all need to work together

NMP recalls her own time of despair and calls for a national suicide prevention strategy

It was the last Saturday of 2019.

I was sitting by the Singapore literature section of Marine Parade Library, shedding more than a few tears, after two hours of chat with a suicide-bereaved mother. I recalled her comment: "Forever 17" - the words of a heartbroken and guilt-stricken mother of a child gone too soon. Anxiety from school turned to severe depression and took a bright young star from us.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 31, 2020, with the headline 'Suicides can be prevented - we all need to work together'. Print Edition | Subscribe