06 Nov '11, 12am

PUB considering erecting signs with suicide helplines at Bedok Reservoir following spate of deaths there

PUB considering erecting signs with suicide helplines at Bedok Reservoir following spate of deaths there

Another body was found in the Bedok Reservoir on Saturday morning, roughly an hour before religious leaders led by Mr Yeo held a prayer session there. -- ST PHOTO: RAJ NADARAJAN By Royston Sim A spokesman for national water agency PUB, which is in charge of Bedok Reservoir, on Saturday said it is considering putting up signs with helpline numbers around the reservoir, which might help deter those thinking of taking their lives. This follows the discovery of a sixth body, of a Singaporean man, earlier on Saturday. But resident Tan Tong Foo, 58, expressed doubt that signs would be of much use. The air-con technician said: 'If people want to commit suicide, the signs may not stop them. Maybe brighter lights can be installed around the reservoir instead.' Dr Chia Boon Hock, a psychiatrist who has been studying suicide trends for more than 40 years, noted that the reservoir is ...

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