An average of three people die by suicide every day in the first half of this year, according to new statistics revealed today.
The Malaysian Criminal Investigation Department said that the nation recorded a total of 468 suicides from January to May, including 117 in Selangor alone. There were 631 suicides across Malaysia in 2020 and 609 in 2019.
“All responsible parties, especially the community, should play an important role in curbing suicides,” Director Abd Jalil Hassan said. “Individuals with financial problems, health issues, stress, depression, family problems, and other issues should be given assistance and support by family and close friends.”
The newly released data comes days after Health Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said that the number of suicides that took place in the first three months of the year was more than half of that last year with 336 cases. Johor recorded 101 suicides throughout 2019 and 2020.
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