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Sharing session by The Befrienders KL Deputy Chairman, Mr. Victor Tan

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Sharing session by The Befrienders KL Deputy Chairman, Mr. Victor Tan

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Token of appreciation for Mr Victor

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Photo session with Mr Victor

Suicide accounts for about a million deaths annually. According to a report on suicide prevention by the World Health Organisation, one suicide occurs every 40 seconds and more than 800,000 people commit suicide every year. Malaysia is also affected by this rising trend. In a study by the Malaysian Psychiatric Association, suicide rates in Malaysia have reportedly increased by 60% since the 1960s.

Indeed, it is a critical issue that requires everyone’s attention. With the realisation of this growing concern, on July 2, 2018, the Counselling Unit of SEGi’s Student Affairs Department had organised a talk given by the Befrienders Kuala Lumpur (KL) on suicide prevention at Auditorium A, from 2-4pm. The aim of this talk was to serve as a means of spreading awareness on the effect of suicidal thoughts and the importance of seek help and support to address them.

The Befrienders KL was established in 1970, with the assistance of professional psychiatrists and psychologists from University Hospital, Kuala Lumpur. The non-profit organisation provides free emotional support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to those who are lonely, in distress, in despair, and having suicidal thoughts.

The sharing session was given by The Befrienders KL experienced Deputy Chairman, Mr. Victor Tan. Students were briefed on the roles and objectives of the infamous suicidal prevention hotline in Malaysia. The talk also highlighted some crucial facts and taboos of suicide; creating awareness of its causes and how suicide could be prevented. Through the talk, it is hoped that better coping skills for better mental health would be instilled, while showing ways for the others to reach out.