Preventing Youth Suicide

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In May 2012 alone, a 17-year-old student who had scored 9As in the SPM, an 11-year-old home alone on Mother’s Day and a 12-year-old on a school holiday break, all committed suicide in unrelated cases. They are recent suicides highlighted in the media, and they are putting the spotlight on the distress faced by Malaysian youth.

Diana (not her real name) was 19 when she attempted suicide by overdosing on sleeping tablets.

“You would not have pegged me as the suicidal type. I got good grades at school and came from a well-to-do family; anyone would have thought that I had a lot to look forward to in life,” she recounts.

But underneath that veneer of stability lay a struggle with depression and an inability to cope with the expectations that she felt were placed on her.

“Even though it was a half-hearted attempt with quite a light dosage of pills, I still ended up in hospital getting my stomach pumped.


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