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Jakarta Post

Nondepressed teens can have suicidal thoughts, expert says

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 17, 2019   /  09:12 am
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The 2018 Indonesia Basic Health Research reported that 28,747 people aged 15 and above in Jakarta were known to be suffering from depression, while the national number is 706,689 people.(Shutterstock/File)

Feelings of helplessness and loneliness can increase the chances of having suicidal thoughts, even among those who do not exhibit signs of depression, a recent study on teen mental health suggests. According to research conducted in 2018 by Nova Riyanti Yusuf, a psychiatrist from the Asian Federation of Psychiatric Associations (AFPA), 13.8 percent or 125 of 910 students from five high schools and five vocational schools in Jakarta are at risk of having suicidal thoughts. “[Teens] without depression can also have suicidal thoughts,” said Nova, who played a role as a member of the Democratic Party in the issuance of the 2014 Mental Health Law. The study, involving teens aged 15 to 19, found that 60 students (6.6 percent) had severe depression, while 654 (72 percent) had moderate to no depression. Meanwhile, the 2018 Indonesia Basic Health Research reported that 28,...