The number of deaths by suicide in Singapore suicides continues to rise among those aged between 20 and 29, the Samaritans of Singapore said on Monday, Aug 3 as it reported that it will bring forward the launch of a new project text-based help service for those in need of help.
Samaritans of Singapore said in its annual report, which uses data retrieved from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority’s Report on Registration of Births and Deaths, that 400 people in total took their lives last year.
This is slightly higher than the 397 who did the same the year before.
Overall, the suicide rate dropped slightly to eight deaths per 100,000 Singapore residents, from 8.36 in 2018.
Among the 400 suicides last year, 71 were committed by people between 20 and 29, and suicide accounted for one-third of all reported deaths in this age group.
In response to TODAY’s queries, SOS said the number of suicides across all age groups, except for those in their 20s and 50s, increased last year.
The number of suicides among people aged 70 and above showed the biggest increase, from 58 in 2018 to 64 in 2019.
Meanwhile, the number of suicides among people between the ages of 50 and 59 decreased the most, from 70 in 2018 to 62 in 2019.
Samaritans of Singapore also found that suicide continues to be the leading cause of death among young people aged 10 to 29, although the number of suicide cases recorded among this age group last year remains stagnant at 94. Read here