Understanding suicides and how to help to prevent them

This episode is aimed at understanding suicidal behaviour and suicide prevention.
This episode is aimed at understanding suicidal behaviour and suicide prevention.
Dr Jared Ng, a consultant at the Institute of Mental Health’s emergency service, talks about the recent cases he has seen.
Dr Jared Ng, a consultant at the Institute of Mental Health’s emergency service, talks about the recent cases he has seen.PHOTO: JARED NG

Health Check Ep 44: Understanding suicides and how to help to prevent them

13:58 mins

Synopsis: Fortnightly on Wednesdays, The Straits Times guides you to healthier living and clears up common misconceptions on health with expert guests.

This episode is aimed at understanding suicidal behaviour and suicide prevention.

ST senior health correspondent Joyce Teo speaks with Dr Jared Ng, a consultant with the Emergency Services at the Institute of Mental Health.

They discuss the following points:

1. How to spot warning or behavioural signs in advance, if the majority of cases tend to be impulsive (3:35)

2. How friends can help alert family members too by keeping track of social media posts and personality changes in chat message groups (5:00)

3. Know the differences between the risk factors that lead to youth and elderly suicide cases (7:50)

4. When someone tells you he or she wants to die or kill himself, do not dismiss it by telling them to be positive and that things are "okay" (8:27) 

5. What are the right things to say to someone who is suicidal and what we can do to help the person? (9:07)

Listen to Pt 1 of interview with Dr Jared Ng on understanding stress in age of coronavirus

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Produced by: Joyce Teo (joyceteo@sph.com.sg), Ernest Luis and Penelope Lee 

Edited by: Adam Azlee

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