Many youths who completed suicide are either students or serving the national service, are there any support available to them from schools and the army? Are our educators or national service aware?

  • *This is one of the questions submitted by our community during our recent event on the theme of mental health. To open the question up to the rest of our community, we are posting this on their behalf. If you have the answer to this question, reply in this thread so that your knowledge or experience can benefit someone else.*

  • Every life lost is one life too many. Suicide is a real and urgent issue, and we believe that prevention is better than cure. While we can't speak for the army or our schools, the key resource we turn to for suicide intervention are Samaritans of Singapore (SOS), which has a 24/7 hotline (1800 221 4444). They also have a counselling email ([email protected]) if the call does not go through. Other hotlines available are Singapore Association for Mental Health: 1800 283 7019 and Care Corner Counselling Centre (Mandarin): 1800 353 5800. Alternatively, you could also dial 995 or call the nearest hospital that might admit the person through A&E. Ideally, educators and army personnel should be mental health literate so they can spot early signs of distress and intervene before things escalate. And as the general public, we can also do our part to be more informed, practice empathy, and be ready to help someone who might be struggling.

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