Suicides in Southeast Asia on the rise

The World Health Organisation (WHO) reported that over 800,000 people commit suicide every year. For every suicide there are many more who attempt suicide as well. A life lost to suicide is always tragic and affects everyone in the community.

Malaysia was recently shocked by news of a teen who committed suicide after reaching out in desperation to strangers on Instagram for help, but was unfortunately encouraged by them to take her life instead. Earlier this month, two students committed suicide at a university there which prompted the university in question to organise talks and counselling sessions for students requiring emotional assistance. Studies have found that those exposed to suicides are the most vulnerable to increased suicidal expressions.

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