Global and local studies suggested that the “majority of individuals with suicidal ideation do not go on to make suicide attempts”. Before we get overwhelmed by the existence of suicidal thoughts, it is helpful to further assess the suicide risk and offer relevant support. This is an especially important skill for personnel who are in contact with at-risk individuals due to their roles or job functions.
Suicide is a global issue faced by many communities around the world. In Singapore, there is an average of one suicide death PER DAY. The first national perception study on suicide published by SMU in 2022 found that fear, stigma and the lack of knowledge in suicide prevention result in one’s avoidance despite the desire to help. The ability to engage the suicidal person and provide emotional support is the first step to encourage further help seeking.