Depression and Suicide in Malaysia – what do you need to know?

Depression is not merely a feeling – it is an epidemic. People fall in to depression for various reasons – whether it is their girlfriends leaving them, the loss of a loved one or just financial stress as a result of poor decision making or whatsoever.

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I am not here to judge, merely to point out what is going on in Malaysia to raise awareness so that we can help identify a need when we see one. We need to also realise that we are not Psychiatrists or professional help givers. We need to seek help if we need help.

Here goes.

https://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/letters/2018/06/15/suicide-epidemic-is-a-concern/

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), suicide accounts for about a million deaths annually, with the five countries having the highest rates being Guyana, Lithuania, Kazakhstan, Swaziland and Russia, ranging from 32.5 to 25.3 per 100,000 population. By comparison, the rate for Malaysia is 0.6 per 100,000 population.

Depression leading to suicide

Deputy Education Minister said Datuk Chong Sin Woon was at the scene to console the victim’s family.

He noted that there were 71 cases of suicide at the building whereby the victims jumped from the 14th floor.

Why do we need to end the STIGMA of depression?

Of Weakness, Suicide, Depression and God. I find this article really intriguing because yes I can relate. I can testify. I can tell you my story. Just buy me a Starbucks!!!!


There has to be an open conversation:

Here are the Malaysian numbers:

https://www.befrienders.org/suicide-statistics

Here’s one which is scary as fuck.

Read more at WOB: https://www.worldofbuzz.com/msian-jumps-to-his-death-in-publika-leaves-note-asking-son-to-pick-up-his-body/

https://www.worldofbuzz.com/moh-10-of-high-school-students-in-msia-have-thought-of-committing-suicide/

Ouch. That hurts.

Here’s a 3 minute test

https://www.psycom.net/depression-test/

Here is a Malaysian University test on Depression (reputable)

http://eprints.utm.my/id/eprint/52301/1/SharifMustaffa2014_Depressionandsuicidalideation.pdf

MH 370: Yes, it was deliberate suicide

https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/mh370-malaysia-airlines-captain-deliberate-plane-crash-murder-suicide-zaharie-amad-shah-a8350621.html

All is not lost:

http://www.suicide.org/hotlines/international/malaysia-suicide-hotlines.html

Ending on a happy note:

https://www.happify.com/hd/happiness-by-the-numbers/

Contact me: pip@philipkhor.com (tel: +6 017 5914776)

Cheers,

Philip Khor

PENANG, Malaysia 18 Jan 2019

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