The Health Promotion Centre, through the Mental Health Strategy yesterday observed the World Suicide Prevention Day by encouraging open dialogues on mental health issues as well as distributing informative leaflets and orange ribbons at its premises as well as the Berakas Health Centre, Jubli Perak Sengkurong Health Centre and Pengiran Anak Puteri Hajah Muta-Wakkilah Hayatul Bolkiah Health Centre.
The initiative was aimed at raising awareness and understanding regarding suicide and its prevention by promoting a more compassionate and supportive society to ensure care is given to those who need it the most.
Suicide is a major public health problem, and the global suicide mortality rate amounts to 1.4 per cent of all deaths worldwide.
Most suicides are related to mental illnesses with depression, substance use disorders and psychosis being the most relevant risk factors.
However, anxiety as well as personality, eating, trauma-related and organic mental disorders are also contributors.
The number of suicides around the world has raised concerns in recent years as it is the second leading cause of death among the youth. In order to raise better awareness and understanding of suicide prevention on a global scale, the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) marks every September 10 as the World Sucide Prevention Day, co-sponsored by World Health Organization (WHO).
IASP stated that people who take their own lives represent a heterogeneous group with unique, complex and multifaceted causal influences preceding their final act, and such heterogeneity presents challenges for suicide prevention experts.
However, it added, these challenges can be overcome by adopting a multi-level and cohesive approach to suicide prevention.
This year’s theme focusses on a specific aspect of suicide with the aim of making suicide prevention more effective globally, that is, the need for everyone to work together and collectively address the challenges presented by suicidal behaviour in the society.
If you or someone you know are experiencing suicidal thoughts or any mental health related queries, please reach out to Hope Line at 145 (available 8am – 11pm daily), Community Psychology Services at 8699614 or Clinical Psychology Division at 7212697.