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Thailand launches anti-suicide team to help people in despair

By THE NATION

 

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The national public health committee has appointed a team to halt the rising suicide trend in Thailand.

 

Speaking in his role as the committee’s chair, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said the team will integrate operations of several government agencies, including the ministries of Social Development and Human Security, Education, and Justice.

 

Anutin said the operational team will inform people of their basic rights and welfare entitlements, and also offer solutions for their problems. The team will screen people in at-risk groups including the mentally ill, alcohol or drug addicts, and people who have already attempted suicide.

 

Statistics show that 53,000-54,000 people try to kill themselves in Thailand each year. Of these, about 4,000 are successful in committing suicide.

 

The suicide rate has risen since 2017, with males accounting for the majority of victims. Statistics for 2020 demonstrate that the economic crisis triggered by Covid-19 was a key factor in suicide deaths.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30401261

 

 

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The charity Samaritans is available around the clock for people who want to talk.

If you or anyone you know is in need of mental health services, please contact the Samaritans of Thailand at their 24-hour hotline 02-713-6791 (English), 02713-6793 (Thai) or Thai Mental Health Hotline at 1323 (Thai).

http://www.samaritansthai.com/news/samaritans-of-thailand-english-hotline/ 

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14 minutes ago, webfact said:

Anutin said the operational team will inform people of their basic rights and welfare entitlements, and also offer solutions for their problems. The team will screen people in at-risk groups including the mentally ill, alcohol or drug addicts, and people who have already attempted suicide.


 

Good initiative. Suicide is such a waste. I knew 7 people In Australia that did it.

 

i assume now we will here on this forum the endless reasons the farangs think why about ten Thais are killing themselves per day. 
 

And as it is an an initiative from our much loved billionaire health Minister Anutin that will add some flavor. There will be some “dirty” comments.
 

I assume money, medical and romantic issues would be up there, along with depression. 

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"Statistics show that 53,000-54,000 people try to kill themselves in Thailand each year. Of these, about 4,000 are successful in committing suicide."

Nobody wants to belie depressed people. but if 54,000 people really did try then more than 4000 would succeed. Most are cries for help....which also need to be heard. I am just saying there are levels to this...

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In general, Thais do not have good coping skills. This is also evidenced in their driving behaviour, their propensity for violence and, in general, a tendency towards theft and extortion.

 

Having said that. a 7.5% success rate for suicide strongly suggests that as the previous author suggests, at least many attempted suicides are a cry for help in disguise, and he's quite right this also needs to be heard.

 

The government bears a large part of the responsibility for this. Attempted suicides are poorly reported and I suggest, exceed the recorded numbers by a considerable margin. Many psychiatrists allow themselves 2 to 3 minutes per patient, which is sufficient time to be able to scribble out a repeat prescription for medication which was probably badly prescribed in the first place; it certainly is not enough time to pay anything like enough time to a patient who may be in acute or worse, chronic mental pain.

 

It's a problem, but it's one of many problems which afflict the Thai population, and like so many others it is a problem that the government does not provide sufficient help for - largely because they have few skills in management and usually none at all in government. 

 

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6 hours ago, grantbkk said:

Great reporting from our crack staff at The Nation.  You mention 2020 suicides but may have forgot to plug in a number.


That is the Nations special style. Report half the story, leaving out the most important information so we can just speculate. 

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4 hours ago, Glaswegian2 said:

In general, Thais do not have good coping skills.

 
Ok, let’s compare.

 

Scotland has the highest suicide rate in the UK with 16.1 deaths per 100000 persons, latest official figures reveal.

 

Thailand, which ranks in 32nd place with 14.4 of suicides per 100.000 


 

https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/scotland-highest-suicide-rate-uk-1408638

 

https://thethaiger.com/news/national/thailand-leads-asean-nations-in-annual-suicide-rate

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Natai Beach said:

 
Ok, let’s compare.

 

Scotland has the highest suicide rate in the UK with 16.1 deaths per 100000 persons, latest official figures reveal.

 

Thailand, which ranks in 32nd place with 14.4 of suicides per 100.000 


 

https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/scotland-highest-suicide-rate-uk-1408638

 

https://thethaiger.com/news/national/thailand-leads-asean-nations-in-annual-suicide-rate

 

 

 

 

which leads us to conclude that...?

 

Scots have more talent for offing themselves than Thais?

 

Nope, I give up. Give us a clue...

 

 

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29 minutes ago, Glaswegian2 said:

 

which leads us to conclude that...?

 

Scots have more talent for offing themselves than Thais?

 

Nope, I give up. Give us a clue...

 

 


I conclude that Thais have better coping skills in general. 

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1 hour ago, Natai Beach said:

 
Ok, let’s compare.

 

Scotland has the highest suicide rate in the UK with 16.1 deaths per 100000 persons, latest official figures reveal.

 

Thailand, which ranks in 32nd place with 14.4 of suicides per 100.000 


 

https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/scotland-highest-suicide-rate-uk-1408638

 

https://thethaiger.com/news/national/thailand-leads-asean-nations-in-annual-suicide-rate

 

 

 

 

The OP says 4000 people were successful, while Thaiger says 10.000 people.

 

Who to believe?

 

The latter also says 54.000 attempted, are there any ratios available for successful to attempted suicides in Scotland?

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8 hours ago, Natai Beach said:


 

Good initiative. Suicide is such a waste. I knew 7 people In Australia that did it.

 

i assume now we will here on this forum the endless reasons the farangs think why about ten Thais are killing themselves per day. 
 

And as it is an an initiative from our much loved billionaire health Minister Anutin that will add some flavor. There will be some “dirty” comments.
 

I assume money, medical and romantic issues would be up there, along with depression. 

My younger sister and her son both did it due to the sexual abuse of my sisters two kids when they were young. The perpetrator was arrested but not charged and fled to Australia. Now he married a Thai, he was married to my other sister but she died a few years ago. Happy families!

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9 hours ago, Natai Beach said:

 
Ok, let’s compare.

 

Scotland has the highest suicide rate in the UK with 16.1 deaths per 100000 persons, latest official figures reveal.

 

Thailand, which ranks in 32nd place with 14.4 of suicides per 100.000 


 

https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/scotland-highest-suicide-rate-uk-1408638

 

https://thethaiger.com/news/national/thailand-leads-asean-nations-in-annual-suicide-rate

 

 

 

But Thai's don't have to live in Scotland ................LOL

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