Suicide prevention webinar well received

The recent public webinar titled ‘How to Respond to Someone who is Feeling Suicidal’ was well received by the public. It was hosted by the Health, Counselling and Disability Services Department of Curtin University Malaysia (Curtin Malaysia).

The participants included over 80 representatives of 30 institutions, including government departments and agencies; educational institutions in Miri, Kuching, Sabah and West Malaysia; non-governmental organisations; private sector companies, parents and the media.

Curtin Malaysia’s Registered University Counsellors Jessica Akang and Dorety Panggil conducted the webinars. Their talks covered the prevalence of suicides in Malaysia and globally, especially since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic; the demographics of suicide victims and the leading causes of suicide, as well as the signs and symptoms of suicidal people. They also discussed the do’s and don’ts when dealing with suicidal people.

“I am really pleased that the response to the webinar was overwhelmingly positive and we had participation from across the country. The topic is relevant in the face of the stress experienced globally that cuts across age, socioeconomic status and culture,” said Director of Health, Counselling and Disability Services Dr Adeline Wong.

“We are working on a second part to this programme, looking into the four stages of suicide, and it will open to anyone who is interested. The programme helps people understand the nature of suicide, how we may be able to intervene in the early stages, and how and why we would need to seek the help of professionals.”