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A suicide prevention team is being created to help those in despair, says Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, who will chair the committee. The ministries of Social Development and Human Security, Education, and Justice, as well as several other government bodies, will all play a role in the committee’s work.

Anutin says the committee will work to ensure people are aware of their rights and welfare entitlements, as well as trying to help them manage their problems. The team will also screen people considered “at risk”, such as those battling substance addition, people who have previously tried to commit suicide, and those who are suffering with mental illness.

According to a Nation Thailand report, around 53,000 – 54,000 people in Thailand try to commit suicide each year, with around 4,000 succeeding. Since 2017, the suicide rate has been on the increase and is particularly prevalent among males, who make up the majority of victims. 2020 figures show that the financial implication of Covid-19 has played a significant role in deaths by suicide.

If you or anyone you know is in emotional distress, please contact the Samaritans of Thailand 24-hour hotline: 02 713 6791 (English), 02 713 6793 (Thai) or the Thai Mental Health Hotline at 1323 (Thai).

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    Brian

    Friday, January 15, 2021 at 12:03 pm

    “the financial implication of COVID-19”. No, it’s the harmful consequences of the government’s overreaction to a seasonal illness. Deaths of despair are way up all over the world due to financial hardship and isolation. The simple fact is that terrible government policies are killing people.

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      Ted

      Friday, January 15, 2021 at 12:34 pm

      Or I would say; Thai governments lack of real support, to those in real need [to survive] and not simple support to those who want a cheap(:er) hotel for the night.

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      Andy

      Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 4:04 am

      Exactly

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    Toby Andrews

    Friday, January 15, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    “to ensure their rights and welfare entitlements”
    They problem is they do not receive their rights and welfare.
    Recently welfare for old people was a week late.
    Officiasl had Thais signing for their emergency hand-out, and taking a percentage as a bribe, otherwise, no hand-out.
    A fisherman who claimed his right to fish at night in Pattaya was arrested because he broke the curfew.
    A curfew that was imposed for a virus, that only is caught by .01 of the population, and only kills about 2 percent, who are old and sick anyway.
    Daily there is another ban. A ban that is imposed fraudulently.
    Hence, suicides.
    Google corruption Thailand. there are 39.000.000 hits.

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      Issan John

      Friday, January 15, 2021 at 2:18 pm

      If only it was possible to sort the garbage you write from the utter crap, Toby …

      “Officiasl had Thais signing for their emergency hand-out, and taking a percentage as a bribe, otherwise, no hand-out.” The “emergency hand-out” wasn’t signed for, Toby. It was distributed via the bank.

      “a virus, that only is caught by .01 of the population” – the population on your planet possibly, Toby. In the UK it’s estimated to be 1 in 10 or higher in London, as it is in parts of the US.

      etc, etc, etc 🙂 🙂

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      Issan John

      Friday, January 15, 2021 at 2:22 pm

      Oh, and about the maths, Toby.

      If the virus was “only caught by .01 of the population” it would be difficult for it to “only kills about 2 percent.”

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        Bill

        Friday, January 15, 2021 at 10:58 pm

        2% of the .01 caught perhaps he was saying, google semantics

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