KUALA LUMPUR: An overwhelming 1,708 suicide cases were reported between 2019 and May this year with 1,427 or about 83.5% committed by women, say the police.
Of the total cases, 51% or 872 cases involved those aged between 15 and 18 while 668 cases or about 39% involved individuals aged between 19 and 40.
Federal CID director Comm Datuk Seri Abd Jalil Hassan said an average of two suicide cases was reported every day from 2019 to May this year.
“There were 609 suicide cases in 2019 while last year, 631 cases were reported. From January to May this year, 468 cases were reported,” he said in a statement.
Comm Abd Jalil said Johor had the highest cases in 2019 and 2020 with a total of 101 while this year, Selangor surpasses with 117 cases.
He added that 75.1% of the cases were reported committed by hanging followed by jumping off a building (13.6%) and drinking poison (5.7%).
Comm Abd Jalil also listed three main factors related to suicide cases – family problems, depression and financial troubles.
“Every member of society must play a part in tackling this issue.
“Individuals who are experiencing financial or health troubles, depression and family problems should be given ample assistance from family members and friends.
“We urge those suffering from such problems to get the necessary help and support from family members, close friends and those who are providing community service,” he said.
Those suffering from problems can reach out to Mental Health Psychosocial Support Service (03-2935 9935 or 014-322 3392); Talian Kasih (15999 or WhatsApp 019-261 5999); Jakim’s Family, Social and Community care centre (WhatsApp 0111-959 8214); and Befrienders Kuala Lumpur (03-7627 2929 or www.befrienders.org.my/centre-in-malaysia for a full list of numbers and operating hours).