My letter to the press is published today in The New Paper, Wed 1st Feb 2012, page 14.
The number of suicides has risen, as more people who are unable to cope with the stresses of life will develop mental illness.
The divorce rates have also gone up.
A neighbour living on the same floor as Madam Boon and her injured husband Mr Ng Tiong Lam, was quoted as saying that the police had been called almost 20 times to break up the fights between the couple.
Why didn’t the police refer their marital problems and gambling addiction on the part of Mr Ng to the Ministry of Community Development, Youths & Sports who could have helped them resolve their problems?
Perhaps a life could have been saved if somebody just cared to get them help. But no one did!
I am told that in some western countries, suicide squads are on standby and will come down on-site to save and rescue anyone contemplating suicide.
Everyone needs to play their part in keeping our suicide rate down and helping people cope with the onslaught of mental illness.
Government agencies must learn the value of teamwork- both within their respective ministries and across the civil service.
It’s also high time that the government sets up a task force to address mental health issues such as suicide, divorces and anger management, which are destroying lives and families.
RAYMOND ANTHONY FERNANDO