Suicide Prevention

Befrienders KK aims to raise awareness on suicide through World Suicide Prevention Day

President of Befrienders Kota Kinabalu Datin Seri Panglima Siti Rubiah Abdul Samad (third right) together with Vice President Johan Amilin (fourth right) and Befrienders KK committee members holding up their 2013 World Suicide Prevention Day posters

By Elaine Mah
Pictures by Oliver Majaham

Suicides are a growing concern globally, with approximately one million individuals committing suicide worldwide each year. It is an even more serious problem in Asia, as the region accounts for 60 percent of the world's suicides.

In Malaysia, the incidence is on the rise. The National Suicide Registry Malaysia registered 1, 156 suicide cases from 2007 to 2010, with a ratio of 1.3 suicides per 100, 000 people. However, the figure could be higher as many suicide cases have gone unreported.

Johan AmilinEven more alarming, according to Befrienders Kota Kinabalu, more and more youths aged between 16 and 24 years have taken their own lives.

While the exact cause of the rise of suicidal tendencies among young people is hard to pinpoint, Befrienders Vice President Johan Amilin noted that bullying plays a significant factor in the problem.

“Children are getting bullied not only in school but also online through social media,” he said during a press conference today.

To drive home the message that suicide can be prevented, Befrienders Kota Kinabalu commemorates World Suicide Prevention Day this September with a series of activities aimed at raising awareness on suicide. At the press conference, Befrienders President Datin Seri Panglima Siti Rubiah Abdul Samad stressed that there is a need to create awareness among the public that problems such as depression is a mental illness that requires medical attention.

According to Befrienders officials, their activities for World Suicide Prevention Day this year are targeted at suicidal youths within the 16 to 24 years age-group.

Among activities lined up is a theatre play performed by Greenleaf Theatre House, entitled L.I.V.E.

Datin Seri Panglima Siti Rubiah Abdul Samad“As our target group are youths, we decided that rather than to lecture the young people on suicide prevention, it might be more effective for them to learn about it through a different medium in the hopes that they may get a better understanding of the message that we are spreading,” said Johan.

The play will be held at the Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka Auditorium on the 7th September 2013 from 9 am to 12 pm. Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

Other activities organized include an essay writing competition entitled “Stigma: A Major Barrier to Suicide Prevention”. The competition, which is opened to secondary school students, began on the 1st of August and will end on the 17th September 2013.

For more information, the public is welcomed to contact Befrienders Kota Kinabalu at 088 – 255 788. - Insight Sabah

Posted on September 2, 2013

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