Suicide attempt at Yishun foiled by SCDF officers!

Suicide attempt at Yishun foiled by SCDF officers!

TheRedDotNews·2018-01-29 12:17

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Yesterday afternoon (28 Jan), at about 2:30pm, the police and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) were alerted to a woman attempting suicide at 289 Yishun Avenue 6.

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video of the suicide attempt has been circulating on Facebook.

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The woman, who was reported to be in her 40s, was seen perched dangerously on the railings. SCDF officers could be seen on the roof and one storey under her, preparing their rescue attempt.

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Things took a dangerous turn when the woman stood up, making her position an even more precarious one.

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Fortunately, the SCDF officers were quick in their actions and managed to catch the woman in a safety net, thus saving her life.

Increasing rate of suicide per year

To some people, suicide seems like the only way out when things get tough.

According to statistics compiled by the Registry of Births and Deaths, there is an increased number of people committing suicide.

Since 2012, there has been over 400 cases of suicide every year.

Seeking help

According to the Samaritans of Singapore (SOS), the only suicide prevention centre in Singapore, everyone can do their part in helping to prevent suicide.

One of the ways, of course, is to recognise the warning signs.

If you notice such signs, what you can do are:

- Show that you care and be there for the person

- Help the person-at-risk to express his/her needs, hopelessness, frustration, etc

- Ask openly and directly if the person is thinking of harming or killing himself/herself

- Be accepting, patient and gentle

- Check if the person is connected to professional help. If necessary, assist to make arrangements and/or accompany him/her to see a counsellor/doctor

- Encourage the person to contact SOS

- Get help from other people

- Keep in touch with the person

What you should not do are:

Promise to keep the person's suicidal thoughts a secret 

- Dismiss what they say

- Make moral judgements or argue about whether suicide is right or wrong

- Give advice that wasn't asked for

- Give false assurances

- Tell the person about your own problem

- Say things like "It's wrong to feel suicidal" or "Pull yourself together; I know lots of people who are worse off than you"

Contacting SOS

If you know anybody who is at risk of suicide, or if you need someone to talk to, you can contact SOS at:

- 1800-221 4444 (24-hour hotline)

- pat@sos.org.sg

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