Suicide is the deliberate act of ending one’s own life, resulting in death.
Globally, the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that there is one suicide attempt every 3 seconds, and one suicide death every minute. Every year, over 1 million people die by suicide worldwide. In Singapore, suicide takes away 1 life everyday.
A crisis can hit anyone at anytime. The sense of hopelessness and despair at the height of a crisis can cause people to contemplate suicide as a way to escape their emotional pain.
However, people can and do recover from this difficult period, especially when there is strong support from the people around them. Crisis is often specific and time-limited.
If YOU are in some form of crisis or feeling suicidal, then contact
someone and let them know about it.
If someone you know is going through a hard time, do know that you are already helping just by being there for the person! A crisis is rarely caused by a single event. It is often the result of multiple factors over a period of time. Many suicidal people will try to communicate their intentions directly or indirectly to someone they know. People who talk or hint about suicide do mean it. If someone you know is having thoughts about suicide, please seek help immediately.