Malaysia recorded a whopping 336 suicides in the first three months of this year - averaging four cases a day.

This shocking numbers were revealed by Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, citing Royal Malaysia Police statistics, reported Free Malaysia Today.

In a recent statement, Noor Hisham also revealed that there was also an increase in suicide cases in 2020, with 631 instances reported, compared to 609 recorded in 2019.

According to Noor Hisham, some individuals have a higher risk of suffering from mental health issues including depression, especially when under tremendous stress, or when they are isolated from a support network of family and friends.

Therefore, if depression is not addressed or treated, such individuals stand the risk of developing suicidal behaviour, he added in the statement.

Noor Hisham urged the public to be aware of people around them, including family members, displaying possible signs of depression that may lead to suicide.

If you have suicidal tendencies, or know someone who has, you can contact the hotline numbers below:

Mental Health Psychosocial Support Service (MHPSS): 03-29359935 or 014-3223392
Talian Kasih: 15999, or WhatsApp 019-2615999
Jakim’s Family, Social and Community care centre: WhatsApp 0111-9598214
Befrienders Kuala Lumpur: 03-76272929

Source: FMT
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