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In a bid to fight the alarming surge in suicide makes an attempt, the Division of Mental Health (DMH) leads an initiative to amplify its Hope Task Force community to a provincial scale.

After a staggering 31,000-plus suicide makes an attempt rocked the nation final yr, the DMH is leaving no stone unturned in its mission to save lots of lives.

DMH Deputy Director-Basic, Sirisak Thitidilokrat, emphasised the need of increasing alert channels.

“The growth of the alert channels is to create an interface the place suicide threat circumstances shall be effectively linked and transferred. It is a crucial mechanism for integrating contributions in the direction of serving to, helping and sending people who might be a suicide threat into the remedy system in addition to exchanging data to stop suicides and monitor these in danger.”

Dudsadee Juengsirakulwit, director of the DMH’s Mental Health Service Administration Bureau, highlighted the dire penalties of psychological well being issues, notably the alarming prevalence of suicide. In line with statistics for Thailand, a staggering 31,402 people tried suicide within the 2023 fiscal yr, averaging 48.19 makes an attempt per 100,000 residents. Dr Dudsadee famous that suicide indicators might manifest by social media posts and on-line messages.

Since its inception in 2020, the DMH, in collaboration with the Crime Suppression Division, the Royal Thai Police, and influential social media personalities comparable to Mo Lap Panda, Drama-addict, and Mam Pho Dam, shaped the Hope Task Force. This initiative goals to succeed in out to people exhibiting suicide indicators on-line, offering them with well timed help, reported Bangkok Publish.

Dr Dudsadee additional disclosed that between October 9, 2020, and December 31 final yr, the duty drive efficiently prevented 599 people from taking their very own lives. She hailed this achievement as a mannequin for future psychological well being initiatives, underlining the effectiveness and significance of proactive intervention.

When you or anybody you already know is in emotional misery, 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). Please additionally contact your folks or relations presently when you’ve got emotions of loneliness, stress, or melancholy. Search assist.

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