Suicide price in Thailand hits half-decade peak regardless of prevention efforts

Suicide numbers in Thailand have been on a gentle incline over the past five years, peaking at 4,800 lives lost within the earlier 12 months, as reported by the Department of Mental Health (DMH).
Yesterday marked World Suicide Prevention Day, a worldwide initiative spearheaded by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that happened yesterday. Expires brings together worldwide efforts to fight suicide. In response, various staff from Thailand’s public well being sector, together with teams from the DMH and the National Health Security Office (NHSO), united their forces to contribute to this prevention campaign.
The concept of World Suicide Prevention Day emerged following a distressing report by the WHO, which revealed that globally, suicides declare a minimal of one million lives annually. This interprets to one life misplaced each forty seconds. Suicide has now climbed into the highest 10 causes of dying worldwide, with males being three times more likely to succeed in their suicide attempts compared to women.
In Thailand, suicide and psychological health points stay significant challenges. The DMH’s Deputy Director-General, Sirisak Thitidilokrat, highlighted that the death toll continues to be on a rising trajectory. The DMH knowledge revealed an escalating suicide rate, recording 6.three per one hundred,000 inhabitants in 2018, 6.32 in 2019, 6.sixty four in 2020, 7.38 in 2021, and seven.97 final yr, marking the best price in half a decade, reported Bangkok Post.
“The major cause, accounting for 50% of suicides, stems from relationship difficulties. Health and psychological points contribute to 20% to 30% of the deaths, whereas alcohol and economic struggles also play a part.”

Workplace stress has been identified as one other important contributor, with the dying toll among working-age people (20 to 59 years old) rising from 3,585 in 2021 to three,650 last 12 months. The WHO pointed out that suicide impacts between 5 to 10 million different people and sends ripples through financial techniques.
A suggestion from NHSO secretary-general, Jadet Thammathataree, proposed regular assessments under the universal healthcare, also identified as the “gold card” scheme, for people identified as suicide risks.
For these in distress, the DMH offers a mental well being hotline, obtainable at 1323. This line obtained eleven,769 calls final year from individuals of working age, in accordance with the DMH.
If you or anyone you realize is in emotional distress, please contact the Samaritans of Thailand 24-hour hotline: 02 713 6791 (English), 02 713 6793 (Thai) or the Thai Mental Health Hotline at 1323 (Thai). Please also contact your friends or relatives right now if you have emotions of loneliness, stress or melancholy. Seek assist.
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