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

Suicide numbers in Thailand have been on a steady incline over the past five years, peaking at 4,800 lives lost in the previous 12 months, as reported by the Department of Mental Health (DMH).
Yesterday marked World Suicide Prevention Day, a global initiative spearheaded by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that took place yesterday. This event brings together worldwide efforts to fight suicide. In response, various workers 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 claim a minimum of 1 million lives each year. This interprets to 1 life lost each forty seconds. Suicide has now climbed into the highest 10 causes of death worldwide, with men being 3 times more likely to succeed in their suicide makes an attempt compared to women.
In Thailand, suicide and mental well being issues stay significant challenges. The DMH’s Deputy Director-General, Sirisak Thitidilokrat, highlighted that the death toll is still on a rising trajectory. The DMH knowledge revealed an escalating suicide fee, recording 6.three per a hundred,000 inhabitants in 2018, 6.32 in 2019, 6.sixty four in 2020, 7.38 in 2021, and 7.97 last 12 months, marking the very best rate in half a decade, reported Bangkok Post.
“The major cause, accounting for 50% of suicides, stems from relationship difficulties. Health and mental points contribute to 20% to 30% of the deaths, whereas alcohol and economic struggles additionally play a component.”

Workplace stress has been identified as one other significant contributor, with the demise toll amongst working-age individuals (20 to fifty nine years old) rising from 3,585 in 2021 to three,650 final yr. The WHO pointed out that suicide impacts between 5 to 10 million other individuals and sends ripples by way of economic systems.
Inexpensive from NHSO secretary-general, Jadet Thammathataree, proposed regular assessments underneath the universal healthcare, also known as the “gold card” scheme, for individuals identified as suicide risks.
For those in misery, the DMH presents a psychological health hotline, available at 1323. This line received 11,769 calls last 12 months from people of working age, in accordance with the DMH.
If you or anyone you know is in emotional misery, 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 folks or relatives right now in case you have emotions of loneliness, stress or melancholy. Seek assist.
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