Suicidal prevention using jurisdiction

Suicide rates are alarmingly high in Malaysia .The rate is expected to be the countries second main cause of death after¬†cardiovascular disease in five to ten years to come (Health Minister Datuk Dr Chua Soi Lek) Even though National Suicide¬†Prevention Programme (a national programme to reduce suicide rates in Malaysia) has been running yet suicide […]

Trends in self-harm in Kuala Lumpur, 2005-2011.

Acts of self-harm are not routinely tracked in Malaysia. The present study investigates the prevalence of self-harm in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, over a 7-year period. The aims were to: (a) assess the prevalence of self-harm; (b) examine any changes over a period of 7 years, and (c) identify correlates of methods of self-harm. Data were […]

Completed suicides and self-harm in Malaysia: A systematic review.

The present research marks a first step towards understanding the prevalence and correlates of suicide and self-harm in Malaysia. However, the heterogeneity of the included studies was high. Further research into the antecedents, consequences and interventions for suicide and self-harm in the Malaysian context is required.

Prevalence and predictors of suicidality among medical students in a public university.

Undergraduate medical students have been the most distressed group among the student population. Depression and anxiety have been found to be more prevalent in this group of students compared to others. Out of 625 undergraduate medical students, 537 (85.9%) participated in the study. The prevalence of the suicidality among undergraduate medical students was 7.0%. Contact […]

Religious Beliefs, Coping Skills and Responsibility to Family as Factors Protecting Against Deliberate Self-Harm

This study examined whether religious beliefs, coping skills, & responsibility to family serve as factors protecting against deliberate self-harm in Sabah, Malaysia. A cross-sectional comparative study assessed deliberate self-harm hospital patients admitted during December 2006-April 2007. 42 patients were matched with 42 controls. There were significant differences in religious beliefs & responsibility to family between […]

Completed suicides in the district of Timur Laut, Penang Island–a preliminary investigation of 3 years(2007-2009)prospective data

This article describes the completed suicide patterns which occurred in the Timur Laut district of Penang Island, Malaysia. In a prospective cohort study over the three years period (2007-2009) there were 138 cases of suicide deaths. The number of suicide deaths for the year 2007, 2008 and 2009 were 45, 41 and 52 deaths, respectively. […]

Parasuicide and Suicide: Demographic Features and Changing Trend Among Cases in Hospital Sungai Bakap 2001-2005

This study was a retrospective case review of all parasuicide cases treated in Hospital Sungai Bakap, Malaysia & all suicides from the hospital mortuary from 2001-2005. A total of 189 cases of parasuicide were analysed. 72 percent of cases were females. As for suicide, the rates remained relatively unchanged at 5 per 100,000 population. The […]

Religiosity and Suicide Ideation in Clinically Depressed Patients

This study examined the correlation between religiosity & suicide ideation in clinically depressed patients. 51 Malaysian patients with a diagnosis of major depression or bipolar affective disorder in depressed phase were included. They were assessed on sociodemographic profile, religious salience, severity of depression, hopelessness, past suicide attempt, & suicide ideation. 37% considered themselves as religiously […]

Pattern of Suicide: a Review of Autopsies Conducted at the University Hospital, Kuala Lumpur

A 3-year restrospective study of all autopsies performed at the University Hospital, Kuala Lumpur was conducted; all cases determined to be suicides were further studied. 48.8% of all victims were ethnic Indians, even though Indians formed only 8% of the Malaysian population. 38.1% of victims were Chinese & 3.6% were Malays. The most common methods […]

National Suicide Registry Malaysia – Preliminary Report: July-December 2007

This report provides preliminary suicide statistics for Malaysia for June-December 2007. Data includes the distribution of cases according to geographical state & demographics (gender distribution, age distribution, ethnicity, citizenship, marital status, education level, & employment status). Characteristics of the suicide act & risk factors are discussed. Limitations to the study are reviewed. (24 refs.) Contact […]

Attempted Suicide in Kuala Lumpur

The purpose of this study was to collect sociodemographic data & study clinical features of patients attempting suicide. Psychosocial data of 296 patients admitted to the University Hospital in Kuala Lumpur in 1989 after attempting suicide are reported. Suicidal behaviours were found to be common among young females, with persons of Indian ethnic origin also […]

Ethnicity and Suicidal Behaviour in Malaysia: a Review of the Literature

A computerized search of the literature back to 1966 on suicidal behaviour & ethnicity in Malaysia was performed & supplemented by other relevant published & research material. There was a consistent pattern of higher rates of attempted suicide & suicide for the Indian population compared with other ethnocultural groups. Patterns of migration experiences, religious & […]

Suicide and Undetermined Violent Deaths in Malaysia, 1966-1990: Evidence for the Misclassification of Suicide Statistics

This study of the reported rates of suicide in West Malaysia between 1966 & 1990 shows that the mean crude suicide rate between 1966 & 1974 was 6.1 per 100,000, but had dropped drastically between 1975 & 1990, to a mean of 1.6 per 100,000. Three lines of evidence are presented to show that this […]

Parasuicides in Kuala Lumpur: Reasons for the Attempt

Examined the primary reasons for attempting suicide as described by 271 parasuicidal patients assessed at the Psychiatric Clinic, General Hospital, Kuala Lumpurdirng 1982. Reasons included marital & family problems, medical or psychiatric illnesses & others. Suggested treatment based on the findings include employing a crisis intervention model for suitable patients, interviewing the patients on the […]

Suicide & Parasuicide in a Hill Resort in Malaysia

This study examines suicide & parasuicide in a district of Malaysia in terms of demographic characteristics, reasons, & methods. Findings include: a high rate of suicide among Indians, 94% of suicides & 66% of parasuicides were by ingesting agricultural poisons, & the peak for both suicide & parasuicide in females occurred in the 20-24 age […]

The Management of Attempted Suicide: Reflections of a Physician

Attempted Suicides in Penang — Preliminary Observations

74 suicide attempters in Penang, Malaysia were studied. Differences in incidence, motivations & methods were found among ethnic groups. A higher incidence in females might be explained by a finding which suggests that they may face greater role conflicts. Urban migration was associated with a high incidence of attempts among Chinese subjects. The author states […]

Some Clinical Problems of a Psychiatric Day Centre

Some clincial problems related to a Psychiatric Day Centre are discussed. These problems include difficulty in getting suitable patients, dealing with the suicidal patient, the acting-out patient, the problem of dependency and the need for family involvement. Some aspects of their management are included.

Suicide Attempters Admitted to the University of Malaya Medical Center Psychiatric Unit