Suicides among men in their 40s and women in their 50s have shot up in Singapore since 2003, official government figures said.
For every 100,000 men in their 40s, the rate jumped from 14 in 2003 to 19 in 2006. The rate for women increased from eight to 13.
The rise is "a worrying trend as each suicide is a tragic loss for the family as well as for the community," Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Vivian Balakrishnan said in a report to parliament.
He mentioned mental health, the socio-cultural environment and personality traits as possible contributing factors.
The hike took place over the past four years despite a 24-hour hotline, counselling services and public awareness campaigns initiated to prevent suicides.
Balakrishnan said government agencies will work with employers and grassroots organizations to expand programmes that help people manage stress.
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