Resources: Suicide Prevention in Singapore

Posted On: August 9, 2017

Since I work with people who are in distress, I decided to share some resources when it comes to suicide prevention in Singapore.

Avenues for referral

  • Inpatient treatment (public)
    • Institute of Mental Health
      Buangkok Green Medical Park
      10 Buangkok View Singapore 539747
      Contact: 6389 2000 (24-hours hotline)
    • KKH
      100 Bukit Timah Road
      Singapore 229899
      Contact: (65) 62255 554 (24-hour hotline)
    • NUH
      5 Lower Kent Ridge Road
      Singapore 119074
      Contact:  (65) 6779 5555 (24-hour hotline)
  • Inpatient treatment (private)
    • Mount Elizabeth Orchard (adult MH ward)
      3 Mount Elizabeth Singapore 228510
      Contact: (65) 6731 2218 (24-hour hotline)
  • Hotlines
    • Samaritans of Singapore (24-hour) – 1800 221 4444
    • IMH Mental Health Helpline (24-hour) – 6389 2222
    • Singapore Association of Mental Health Helpline – 1800 283 7019
    • Touchline (age 12-25; business hours) – 1800 377 2252
    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255
    • Crisis Text Line – 24/7 by texting “START” to 741-74
    • The Trevor Project (an LGBT crisis intervention and suicide prevention hotline) – 1-866-488-7386
  • International Association for Suicide Prevention – Resources: Crisis Centers
      • Africa
        • Ghana – lifeline – 233 244 846 701
        • Liberia – 06534308 – lifeline liberia
        • Mauritius – 46 48 889 – befrienders
        • Namibia – 61-232-221 – lifeline/childline namibia
        • South africa – 031 765 1587 – careline
        • South africa – 08000 55555 – childline sa
        • South africa – 0861-322-322 – lifeline southern africa
      • Asia
        • China – (021) 6279-8990 – lifeline shanghai
        • Hong kong – 2382 0000 – suicide prevention services
        • India – + 0484 2540530 – maithri
        • India – +91 9243473794 – save india family foundation
        • Japan – 03-5774-0992 – tokyo english lifeline
        • Japan – 06-4395-4343 spc-osaka
        • Philippines – +632-893-7606 or +632-893-7603 – crisis line philippines
        • South korea – 02) 715-8600 – counsel24
        • Thailand – 02-713-6793 – samaritans
        • Sri lanka – 2 682535 – sumithrayo
      • Europe
        • Armenia – (2) 538194 – (2) 538197 – trust social work and sociological research centre
        • Austria – 142 telefon seelsorge
        • Belgium – 106 – tele onthaal
        • Belgium – 1813 – centrum ter preventie van zelfdoding
        • Denmark – livslin (70 201 201)
        • France – 01 45 39 40 00 – suicide écoute
        • Hungary – sos 505
        • Italy – 06 33777740
        • Netherlands – 0900-0767 – sensoor
        • Norway – 815 33 300 – kirkens sos
        • Portugal – 21 354 45 45 – sos voz amiga
        • Scotland – 0800 83 85 87 – breathing space
      • North america
        • Québec – 1 866 a p p e l l e – association québécoise de prévention du suicide
        • Barbados – (246) 4299999 – samaritans of barbados
        • USA – national suicide prevention hotline 1-800-273-talk (8255)
      • South america
        • Argentina – (054 011) 4664-1936
        • Bolivia, la paz – 2248486 – teléfono de la esperanza
        • Brazil – 141 – cvv
        • Chile – (00 56 42) 22 12 00 – teléfono de la esperanza
        • Colombia – barranquilla – (00 57 5) 372 27 27 – teléfono de la esperanza
        • Equador – quito – (593) 2 6000477 – 2923327 – teléfono de la esperanza
        • Guyana – 223-0001, 223-0009, 223-0818
        • Honduras – 558 08 08 – teléfono de la esperanza
        • Peru – Lima – (00 51 1) 273 8026 – teléfono de la esperanza
        • Uruguay – 0800-vive (8483) – último recurso
      • Oceania
        • Australia – 13 11 14 – lifeline australia
        • New zealand – 0800 543 345 – lifeline new zealand
        • Papua new guinea – 675 326 0011 – lifeline port moresby
        • Samoa – lifeline 800-5433 (800-life)
        • Tonga – 23000 25144 lifeline tonga
  • Other referrals
    • Multidisciplinary management of suicide risk

Do’s and Don’ts

DO’s

  1. Do ask the ‘tough’ questions no matter how uncomfortable.
  2. Do keep referral information and emergency contacts on hand.
  3. Be aware. Learn the warning signs.
  4. Get involved. Become available. Show interest and support.
  5. Ask if she or he is thinking about suicide
  6. Be direct. Talk openly and freely about suicide.
  7. Be willing to listen. Allow expressions of feelings. Accept the feelings.
  8. Be non-judgmental.
  9. Don’t debate whether suicide is right or wrong, or feelings are good or bad.
  10. Don’t lecture on the value of life.

DONT’S

  1. Don’t make assumptions.
  2. Don’t dare him or her to do it.
  3. Don’t ask why. This encourages defensiveness.
  4. Offer empathy, not sympathy.
  5. Don’t act shocked. This will put distance between you.
  6. Don’t be sworn to secrecy. Seek support.
  7. Offer hope that alternatives are available and Take Action.

About Dr. Martha Tara Lee

Surrounded by friends who were sexually inhibited and struck by dire lack of positive conversations around sex and sexuality in Singapore, Dr. Martha Tara Lee decided to take it upon herself to right this societal injustice in 2007. She set out to make a positive difference in embarking on her doctorate in human sexuality, then launching Eros Coaching in 2009. Today, she remains dedicated to working with individuals and couples who wish to lead self-actualised and pleasure-filled lives.

She also holds certificates in counselling, coaching and sex therapy, and is currently pursuing her fourth degree – a Masters in Counselling. In practice for more than seven years, she is the only certified sexuality educator by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) in Singapore.

Often cited in the local media, Dr. Lee is the appointed sex expert for Men’s Health Singapore, and Men’s Health Malaysia. She was recognised as one of ‘Top 50 Inspiring Women Under 40′ by Her World in July 2010, and one of ‘Top 100 Inspiring Women’ by CozyCot in March 2011. She is the host of weekly radio show Eros Evolution on the OMTimes Radio Network. She has published two books: Love, Sex and Everything In-Between, and Orgasmic Yoga.

Martha works with individuals and couples in private coaching sessions, and conducts her own workshops. She takes prides in making sure all her workshops are also fun, educational, and sex-positive. This comes easily to her because even though she is extremely dedicated and serious about her work, she fundamentally believes that sex is meant to be fun, wonderful, amazing and sacred. As such, this serious light-heartedness has shone through again and again. For her full profile, click here. Email her here.

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