People who are suicidal need help, not punishment, say experts


Criminalisation deters people contemplating suicide from seeking treatment, which increases the risk of suicide rather than reducing it, says Aware executive director Corinna Lim.
Criminalisation deters people contemplating suicide from seeking treatment, which increases the risk of suicide rather than reducing it, says Aware executive director Corinna Lim.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Decriminalising attempted suicide will help troubled individuals focus on getting help to address the root causes of their problems, said experts who welcomed a call to repeal the law.

"By decriminalising suicide, the government is sending a strong message that those in distress situations should not be marginalised further, and are deserving of support and treatment," said executive director Corinna Lim of the Association of Women for Action and Research (Aware).

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