Suicide surge in Singapore, 452 deaths reported in Singapore in 2020

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In Singapore, 452 suicides were recorded last year, the highest number since 2012. The non-profit suicide prevention organization Samaritans of Singapore (SOS) stated in a statement on Thursday (July 8) that this was a 13% rise from the 400 instances reported in 2019.
It went on to say that the increase in suicide fatalities was seen in people of all ages. The number of suicide fatalities among the elderly – those aged 60 and overreached 154, the highest level since 1991 and a 26% rise from 2019.
“Covid-19 has badly impacted the nation’s economy, lifestyle, and mental health,” SOS CEO Gasper Tan stated. We are concerned about how our senior citizens are dealing with this public health catastrophe.
“The elderly were more prone to experience social isolation and financial concerns during the epidemic. Difficulty adjusting to changes regularly, as well as long periods of loneliness, maybe disastrous.”
While suicide fatalities among the elderly increased in 2020 compared to 2019, SOS said that its 24-hour hotline got fewer calls from them.
The elderly made 4,455 calls in the 2020 financial year, which ran from April 2020 to March 2021, compared to 4,816 in the previous year.
SOS further said that senior callers were having trouble coping with loneliness and inactivity due to isolation, psychological anguish, and strained social and familial connections, all of which were exacerbated by the epidemic.

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