Suicide is a deeply concerning and complex issue in Singapore. Despite efforts over the years, they have been sporadic, and the absence of a unified approach has left gaps in prevention, intervention, and support. The pressing need for a comprehensive and coordinated national response in Singapore is apparent.
SG Mental Health Matters is working with stakeholders to develop a white paper for a National Suicide Prevention Strategy. This paper aims to rally support for the formation of a ground-up working group. This collaborative approach recognizes the multifaceted nature of suicide prevention and understands that no single entity, whether governmental, private or community-based, can tackle this issue in isolation. A concerted, cross-sector effort is essential to make a tangible and lasting impact in suicide prevention work in Singapore.
Working Group Members (as at 10 Sep 2023)
The primary outcome of this workgroup is to develop a white paper that will serve as a blueprint for a national suicide prevention strategy for Singapore. The white paper will outline key strategies, interventions, and collaborations, all aimed at reducing suicide rates and providing compassionate support to those affected.
The framework will be guided by international best practices, including WHO's guidance on suicide prevention. It will be tailored to Singapore's unique cultural, social, and economic context and developed through a consultative process that actively engages all relevant stakeholders, ensuring a locally resonant yet globally informed approach.
A comprehensive review of suicide prevention strategies from other countries will be conducted to glean valuable insights:
It is important to note that the above examples are illustrative and not exhaustive. The framework recognizes the need to look beyond these regions and consider a wide range of international experiences and approaches.
The team at OPPi asked 200 people, most aged between 18-34, about suicide and self-harm. We wanted to know:
OPPi is a digital focus group platform that allows quantitative measurement of qualitative data at scale. OPPi had previously conducted a research study with SG Mental Health Matters and the full methodology is presented here: https://sgmentalhealthmatters.com/methodology
OPPi is a platform that emulates the experience of a physical focus group discussion. Participants are presented with seed statements and encouraged to share their thoughts, while moderators can use interesting perspectives and ideas to generate new questions and obtain qualitative measurements in real-time. After the study, we carefully analyzed all complete responses from 320 participants. To ensure a fair comparison, we randomly selected 100 male and 100 female participants for a comparative analysis.