Dr Yee: Healthy social activities a good way to reduce rising number of suicide cases

Friday, December 28, 2012

Stories by R.S.N. MURALI
murali@thestar.com.my

 

MALACCA: Suicide rates in Malaysia are on the rise. According to the National Suicide Registry Malaysia’s (NSRM), there were 445 suicides as reported.

 

Out of that figure, 347 were men and 98 women while the highest number of suicides occurred by those between 30 and 39 years old (109), followed by those between 20 and 29 age bracket (108).

 

Dr Yee Kok Wah was speaking at the Happy Line Dancing Christmas celebration here at the main stage of Jonker Walk, said the Health Ministry also reported that an average of seven people, mainly youths and young adults, end their own lives on a daily basis that tabulates to an estimated 140 people attempting suicide each day.

 

“National statistics also show that men outnumber women by three to one, while the Chinese had the highest number of suicides at 48%, followed by Indians (21%), Malays (18%) and other races (13%).

 

“I believe there are lot more people in despair and in need of emotional support,” Dr Yee said.

 

He said there is a great need to create awareness and healthy activities and line dancing is indeed a good avenue for such people to release tension and mix about socially to eradicate or reduce their personal problems.

 

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