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Jakarta Post

Closest circles may help prevent suicide

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 12 2018   /  12:58 am

On World Suicide Prevention Day on Monday, calls were mounting for everyone in Indonesia to help keep loved ones from taking their own lives — and to end the stigma attached to it.

Commemorated across the world on Sept. 10 every year, this year the event drew attention to the fact that suicide is preventable if people close to those at risk, be it friends, teachers, religious leaders or public officials, contribute to the effort.

Psychiatrist Nova Riyanti Yusuf said family members and friends should be on the frontline of suicide prevention in Indonesia, because they were the closest circles of people in mental distress, and as such they could detect early signs of depression — which could lead to suicidal thoughts.

“The problem is that we often fail to notice warning signs sent by friends or relatives in distress. We often don’t take it seriously when they s...