Thailand has third most suicides in the world


According to the Public Health Ministry of Thailand, 4,000 Thai people commit suicide each year.

Broken hearts and family-related issues were the top reasons for Thais to commit suicide, with a monthly average of 300 per month or 4,000 cases every year. That figure makes it the country with the third-most suicides in the world, according to Public Health Ministry spokesman and psychiatrist Dr Yongyuth Wongpiromsan.

Japan reported the highest number of suicides, followed by Sweden and Scandinavian countries.

Yongyuth, also chief adviser to the Mental Health Department (MHD), said the most commonly used methods were hanging (70 per cent), poisoning (20 per cent) and shooting (10 per cent), and that most suicides in Thailand were committed by men.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the most common major factors included losing self-control after excessive drinking, health issues like depression or chronic illness as many people did especially the elderly didn’t want to be a burden on their family, as well as family-related issues like domestic violence.

“In Thailand, most suicide cases involved people in the working age – late 20s to 50s – who suffered from conflict in love, family issues, were overwhelmed by debt, as well as stress from work”, he said.

This affected the country’s labour situation as Thailand’s ratio of working-age to suicide was now at six per 100,000 population. He urged people to seek advice from the MHD hotline 1667.

Wipawan, a 25-year-old who attempted to take her life by poison, recalled that stress and disappointment from love conflict drove her to attempt suicide on an impulse. She felt she had no other way out. “I was fighting with my boyfriend so I had this thought that I didn’t want to live anymore. It felt like I was at a dead-end so I drank toilet detergent. I was sent to hospital and the doctor saved me. It was very painful afterwards; I couldn’t eat or even swallow my saliva and I felt like ‘being in hell while alive’. I was hospitalised for more than three weeks”, she said.

Wikipedia currently lists Thailand as ranking 56th according to World Health Organization (WHO) data from 2012, although that is undoubtedly out of date.

SOURCE: The Nation.