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The Department of Mental Health has revealed that the suicide rate for Thailand in 2020 is 7.35 per 100,000 population, which is lower than the earlier estimation of 8.00. The lower rate comes from the public cooperation to take care of themselves and their family and friends around them, as well as the Ministry of Public Health's proactive measures to decrease the suicide rate. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the department made a study and estimated that the suicide rate in Thailand in 2020 would increase from 2019, which was 6.64 per 100,000 population, to 8.00 per 100,000 population, but now it is reported that the suicide rate in 2020 is 7.35, which is lower than the rate in the Tom Yum Kung Crisis in 1998, which was 8.12, and the post-crisis rates in 1999 to 2000 were 8.59 and 8.40. Even though the rate is lower than the estimation, the department is still focusing on decreasing the suicide rate every year. If anyone feels despair or is thinking about hurting themselves, or if a person you know is showing signs of suicidal intentions, please contact the mental health hotline at 1323, around the clock.

22 February 2021 (Readers 33)

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