By Christine Chan & Aidila Razak

Under-reporting of suicide a major problem

special report Studies have shown that under-reporting and discrepancies in statistics are major hindrances for suicide prevention measures to be taken.

According to the Ministry of Health's National Suicide Registry Malaysia (NSRM), suicide is a significant but preventable public health problem.

However, studies have shown that under reporting and discrepancies in statistics are major hindrances for suicide prevention measures to be taken.

The National Statistics Department quoted figures as low as one to two people per 100,000 each year of suicide cases while researchers and psychiatrists are looking at a more realistic figure of 10 to 12 per 100,000, matching global statistics.

The lack of accuracy and discrepancy in the total number of deaths caused by suicide leads to difficulties, which make suicide assessments and prevention almost impossible.