KUALA LUMPUR― Malaysia recorded a total of 468 suicide cases in the first five months of this year, the police said today.
Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department (CID) director Datuk Seri Abd Jalil Hassan (pic) said, based on the latest statistics released by the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM), a total of 609 cases in 2019 while 631 cases in 2020.
“For the first five months, from January to May 2021, a total of 468 suicide cases were recorded.
“This saw an average of two suicides occur every day in 2019 until May 2021,” he said in a statement today.
According to Malay Mail, the total from 2019 to May 2021 would be 1,708 cases. Johor recorded the most cases for 2019 and 2020 with a total of 101 cases, he said.
From 2019 to May 2021, the cases reported involved 1,427 women and 281 men.
Report also shows that the majority of the people who committed suicide in Malaysia are teenages aged 15 to 18, followed by 668 persons aged 19 to 40.
Investigations showed that the three main causes for these cases were family problems, emotional pressure and finances.
“Based on the trend of suicide incidents, all who are responsible especially the community should play an important role in curbing this.
“Individuals who face problems such as finance, health, emotional pressure, depression, family problems and others should be given assistance and support from their family and their closest friends,” said Abd Jalil.
The Star reported, on June 29, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on mental health worldwide including in Malaysia.
Dr Noor Hisham said certain individuals have a high risk of experiencing mental health problems including depression, when faced with overwhelming stress and isolation from their family and friends support network.
The police urged individuals facing such problems to seek help and support from their family, closest friends and those who provide advice and counselling.