Suicides up in Singapore amid booming economy

Suicides are on the rise in Singapore despite the booming economy, with men in their 40s and woman in their 50s standing out, figures from the Registry of Births and Deaths revealed on Monday.

Suicides up in Singapore amid booming economy
Suicides are on the rise in Singapore despite the booming economy, with men in their 40s and woman in their 50s standing out, figures from the Registry of Births and Deaths revealed on Monday.

A total of 419 people took their own lives last year, up from 346 in 2003.

Pressure "to perform at a time when almost every else is doing well could increase the stress for some," The Straits Times quoted counsellor Anthony Yeo as saying. "This, in turn, could make them suicidal."

Sixty-five men in their 40s killed themselves last year, the highest for any age group in either gender. Among women, 33 took their lives.

Both are in the "sandwich generation," which has the burden of caring for young children and ageing parents, said Tan Yoke Yin, executive director of a suicide-prevention group.

Men are far less likely to seek help than women, she said, noting that social, interpersonal and psychological pressures are factors driving people over the brink.

A buzzing economy does not translate into a drop in social problems, counsellors said.

There are "more divorces, more bankruptcies, the population is ageing and there is a growing sandwich generation that is feeling the stress," National University of Singapore social work professor Kalyani Mehta told the newspaper.

The Samaritans of Singapore crisis hotline has been handling about 135 calls a day over the last two years.

DPA
Last Mod: 13 Ağustos 2007, 23:32
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