Decriminalising suicide essential in mental health fight

Monday, 07 June 2021 01:00 PM MYT
By Tengku Puteri Iman Afzan

In my column last month on teaching children about mental health in school, I wrote about the suicide of a nine-year-old girl.

Since then, we have read about – or in some cases, seen – at least three incidents of suicide.

Significant efforts have been made by various stakeholders across the board to decriminalise attempted suicide in our country.

I spoke about the need to do so on World Suicide Prevention Day in September 2020 at the opening of The Orchid Clubhouse – the first activity and crisis management centre at the Mental Illness Awareness and Support Association (Miasa).

The Green Ribbon Group, which I co-founded earlier this year (2021), also released a statement on April 5 (2021) on the need to review legislation and rebuild our current systemic responses towards suicide attempts.


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