New research workgroup to study suicides and self-harm behaviour in young people

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SINGAPORE - A new research workgroup will be set up to study suicides in young people up to 35 years of age, as well as suicidal and self-harm behaviours.

This is in response to the NutureSG taskforce's recommendations that more emphasis be placed on mental health in young people.

The most recent figures from 2015 showed that 27 people aged between 10 and 19 killed themselves that year. This was the highest number for that age group in 15 years.

That year, there were also 79 suicides among those aged between 20 and 29 - the largest number among all the age groups.


The new workgroup studying suicide will be led by Dr Daniel Fung, who chairs the medical board at the Institute of Mental Health. It will also include representatives from a variety of government agencies and statutory boards, including the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, the Health Sciences Authority, the Singapore Armed Forces, and the State Courts.

It will look at existing data to understand what puts young people at higher risk of such behaviour, and what can prevent them from taking their own lives.