The suicide rate among Thai teens and young adults has risen alarmingly over the past five years, Thailand’s Mental Health Department’s Suicide Prevention Bureau said yesterday.
Between 2017 and 2021, the suicide rate by people aged 15-34 was four times higher than by people over 34, the agency said.
Data shows that 439 Thais aged 15-24 committed suicide in 2021, compared to 428 a year earlier, while 956 people aged 25-34 committed suicide last year, compared to 896 in 2020.
The information was released Wednesday at a meeting of the National Commission on Mental Health.
The director-general of the department of mental health, Dr Amporn Benjaponpitak, said on Thursday that the suicide rate among Thais was 7.8 per 100,000 inhabitants. She blamed suicides on higher stress caused by the impact of the Covid19 pandemic.
According to the United Nations, the global average is nine suicides per 100,000 inhabitants.
Thailand has approximately 72,000 patients with psychotic disorders who are treated with benefits from the National Health Security Office. A recent study by the department of college students with mental health problems found that they were seeking a better understanding and attitude toward their problems, particularly from relevant university staff, said Khun Amporn.
They also asked for a lot of attention, more ease in seeking consultation, and better coordination between their university and mental health experts who can help them.
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