|Suicide toll among Singapore's 10-19-year olds rising, 17 took their own lives last year
Seventeen Singaporean teenagers between the ages of 10 to 19 took their own lives last year, according to official government data.
Media reports in Singapore said today the number of deaths was the second highest among the age group for five years. The data was from the Registry of Births and Deaths.
In 2009, there were 19 such deaths, the Straits Times reported today.
Last year, a boy became the first child in the five-to-nine age group to commit suicide in Singapore in at least a decade.
Earlier, it was revealed that a rising numbers of young Singaporeans are taking their lives.
Deaths among the 20 to 29 age group surpassed 80 last year.
Overall, that year suicides in Singapore touched an all-time high of 467, up 29 per cent from 2011.
Last year, Singapore's suicide rate increased to 10.27 per 100,000 residents, media reports said. The year before, there were 361 suicide deaths and the island's suicide rate was 8.13 per 100,000.
Samaritans of Singapore said the most significant increase in suicide deaths was in the 20 to 29 years age group, the AsiaOne website reported. In this age group, the number of suicide deaths increased from 46 in 2011 to 83 last year.