Record suicides of elderly people in S’pore

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The number of elderly Singaporeans will double from 500,000 in 2016 to 900,000 in 2030 AFP / Roslan RAHMAN

SINGAPORE (AFP) –The number of elderly people committing suicide in Singapore reached a record high last year. According to Samaritans of Singapore (SOS), the number of people aged 60 and above who took their own lives in 2017 rose to 129, which was the highest on record and accounted for nearly 36 percent of that year’s total suicides. It said fear of becoming a burden to family, social disconnection, physical impairment and deteriorating mental health are the most common challenges faced by the elderly. Official projections show the number of Singapore citizens aged 65 and above will double from 500,000 in 2016 to 900,000 in 2030.

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