11 Jul '11, 1am

Suicide helpline Samaritans of Singapore sends out SOS, seeking more volunteers who can commit time to man hotline

Suicide helpline Samaritans of Singapore sends out SOS, seeking more volunteers who can commit time to man hotline

SOS helpline in desperate need of volunteers Commitment levels dip due to volunteers' busier work schedules More volunteering opportunities elsewhere which allow ad hoc or one-off participation Preventing suicide WHEN a family member is feeling suicidal and professional help cannot be accessed immediately, the priority should be security, said Dr Chia Boon Hock, a psychiatrist who has written papers and books on suicide and suicide prevention. The family must ensure that suicide methods are not available to the individual, including locking doors and windows so they cannot leave the house. Seven in 10 suicides here are committed by jumping from a high floor, he said. Substances that can be used as poison should also be kept out of their reach. Beyond immediate prevention, they should be taken to a doctor for professional help. Signs of a person who is suicidal A PERSON con...

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