KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 1,660 suicides were reported across the country since the movement control order was announced on March 18, 2020, the Dewan Rakyat was told.
The figures were revealed by the Home Ministry in a written reply dated Tuesday (July 19).
"Suicides during the MCO from March 18 to Dec 31, 2021, recorded by the police stood at 1,660 people,” said the ministry
"Based on investigations, among the causes of suicides were due to financial problems, health problems, emotional stress and family problems," it added.
The Home Ministry was responding to Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa (PH-Parit Buntar), who asked the ministry to reveal the number of suicide cases reported during the MCO.
The MCO was announced on March 18, 2020, to restrict movement in a bid to stem the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
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 a full list of numbers and operating hours).