From 2014 until August 2018, 46 suicide cases have been recorded by the Royal Brunei Police Force. 6 cases were recorded in 2014, 8 cases in 2015 and another 8 in 2016, 13 cases in 2017 and 11 cases were recorded until August this year. Suicide cases have increased by 62 point 5 percent in 2017 compared to the previous year. Following this increase, several agencies including the Ministry of Health, the Royal Brunei Police Force, and the Community Development Department, JAPEM explained the effective measures in suicide prevention that requires involvement from various government and non-government sectors as well as the public.
According to Doctor Hilda Ho, Head of Psychiatric Services at the Ministry of Health, professional help is available to those in need and can be obtained from psychiatric officers and psychology clinics.
Meanwhile, Awang Yusri bin Haji Kifie, Head of Psychiatric Services Clinic at the Ministry of Health said that whenever the feeling of distress is beyond control, it is best to seek help from those who offers counselling services.
Pengiran Haji Abdul Salam bin Pengiran Haji Abdul Ghani, Acting Commanding Officer Brunei Muara District Police also reminded family members to always be aware on the changes or actions of any family member who are in distress.
The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports through JAPEM is always ready to provide assistance to individuals who are experiencing social problems. Awang Haji Khairul Ariffin bin Haji Abdul Aji, Assistant Director of Public Relations, Resource and Volunteer Section, JAPEM shared a number of counselling services. This includes family counselling and family intervention that acts as a medium for family issues. JAPEM also provides help line 141 for the public during working days, from 7.45 in the morning to 12.15 in the afternoon, and from 1.30 to 4.30 in the afternoon.
Source: Radio Television Brunei