Battling the midnight blues

The 24-hour SOS hotline received 261 calls from those aged 10 to 19 during this time interval in its last financial year ending in March this year.
The 24-hour SOS hotline received 261 calls from those aged 10 to 19 during this time interval in its last financial year ending in March this year.PHOTO: ST FILE

Singapore teenagers are making more distress calls after midnight

The proverbial dark night of the soul is more acutely experienced from midnight to 3am, going by distressed calls made by teenagers to suicide prevention agency Samaritans of Singapore (SOS).

The 24-hour SOS hotline received 261 calls from those aged 10 to 19 during this time interval in its last financial year ending in March this year, a nearly 80 per cent surge from 147 in the previous financial year. In the financial year ending in 2016, there were 164 such calls.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 23, 2018, with the headline 'Battling the midnight blues'. Print Edition | Subscribe