Suicide Trend In Singapore From 2005 To 2009
Lai-Guan Khaw D*, Beng-Yeong Ng*, Tih-Shih Lee**, Huei-Yen Lee*
Objectives: Suicide is one of the top contributors to the mortality rate in Singapore. We study the suicide rate from 2005 to 2009 and comment on possible contributors towards the suicide rate. Methods: Data used in this paper was obtained from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Manpower, Statistics Singapore and Samaritans of Singapore websites. Results: Overall, the suicide rate has been fairly stable ranging from 9.99 to 11.88 per 100,000 residents in Singapore. Suicide rates were highest in men in the age groups more than 65 years and 20-29 years. Although there is an increase in suicide rate from 2008 to 2009, the overall trend in the last 5 years appears to be fairly stable. The suicide rate among women appears to be low and stable, if not on the decline. The elderly (older than 65 years old), especially men, remain at the highest risk of suicide. Conclusion: Suicide rate in Singapore has remained fairly stable ranging from 9.99 to 11.88 per 100,000 residents. Among men in the 20-29 age group there was an increase in suicide rate that certainly warrants further investigation. Increasing suicide prevention efforts in Singapore may help reduce the loss of productive members of our society.