Brunei plans for suicide prevention hotline

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Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah chairs the ASEAN Plus Three Summit in Bandar Seri Begawan, October 10, 2013. REUTERS/Ahim Rani

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Xinhua) – Brunei is considering establishing a national “Life Counselling Hotline” to prevent and reduce suicides. Latest data from Royal Brunei Police Force shows that 46 suicide cases were recorded in the country from 2014 to August 2018 – six cases in 2014, eight cases in 2015, eight cases in 2016, 13 cases in 2017 and 11 cases from January to August this year. There were also 43 cases of attempted suicide from 2014 to August 2018. Most of the cases were linked to finance, family, relationship and workplace.

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