MOE, MSF ‘very concerned’ about spike in youth suicides; experts say more support and awareness necessary. SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Education (MOE) and Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) are “very concerned” about the spike in the number of youth suicides this year, said the ministries in a joint statement.
“It is not yet a trend, but we must monitor this closely and take various measures to address it,” said spokespersons for the ministries in response to email queries from CNA. The number of suicides in Singapore rose 10 per cent last year, with suicides among boys aged 10 to 19 at a record high, the Samaritans of Singapore (SOS) said last week. A total of 94 people aged between 10 and 29 killed themselves last year, SOS said. Among boys aged between 10 and 19 years old, there were 19 suicides last year – the highest since it began keeping records in 1991 and almost triple the seven cases recorded in 2017. READ: Suicides in Singapore up 10% last year, record high among boys There were 397 reported suicides in 2018, compared with 361 the year before.
Raising concern in Singapore. Examples of sources of stress among young teens. Understanding Stress. A moderate amount of stress can be good for you; it gets you excited about life, motivates you and improves your performance.
When stress becomes too intense or continues for a prolonged period of time however, it becomes harmful and impacts our lives negatively. Everybody experiences stress. Some groups of people are more susceptible to stress than others. For example, healthcare professionals, pilots, firefighters, customer service officers, stockbrokers, teachers, students etc. Stress can occur anytime. How to cope with stress. Building resilience in young teen. Building Resilience In Your Child. You can’t protect your children from all of life’s stressful situations but you can sure teach them to roll with the punches and emerge stronger than ever.
Has your child ever had a meltdown while struggling to finish his mountain of school work? Does she feel stressed when faced with an unfamiliar task like a new piano piece? Do negative comments reduce her to tears? As a parent, you probably wish you could help your children cope better with academic pressure, puberty, peer pressure and even cyberbullying. Later as adults, there’ll be other challenging situations such as work stress, deaths of loved ones or even difficult relationships.
Since we can’t eliminate these situations, the best thing to do is to equip our children with resilience, which allows someone to respond positively in stressful situations. Related: Stress Management: Be a Master of Stress Positive Emotions Rule Research shows that resilient people use positive emotions to bounce back from negative emotional experiences. Warning signs of stress. Signs You’re Too Stressed Out. Some stress is normal, but too much of it isn’t.
What are the warning signs of stress that tell us we’re overly stressed out? There’s No Avoiding Stress We can’t avoid certain stressful situations: never-ending deadlines, your child’s PSLEs, increasing cost of living ($2 for a prata? Daylight robbery!) , and an MRT breakdown that derails your entire day. Fret not, stress is an essential part of life— without it, we wouldn’t be motivated to face challenges. When does stress cross the line to become harmful to our wellbeing?
Related: Stress-O-S! When the Kan Cheong Spider Bites Being a kan cheong spider - constantly feeling hurried and anxious - can cause stress which becomes harmful when it gets in the way of daily life, whether health, relationships or work. Here’s a possible scenario: say we’re trying to be healthier. Where to seek help. More teens in Singapore seeking help at IMH for school stress , Education News.
SINGAPORE (THE NEW PAPER) - More teenagers from top schools are seeking help at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) for school-related stress.
IMH said that stress-related, anxiety and depressive disorders are common conditions seen at its Child Guidance Clinics, which treat children aged six to 18. The clinics saw an average of about 2,400 new cases every year from 2012 to 2017. Since IMH does not track the causes of the disorders, it does not have statistics on cases related to school stress. However, Dr Lim Choon Guan, senior consultant and deputy chief of IMH's department of developmental psychiatry, said: "Over the past few years, I have seen more teenagers in our clinic who are from top schools and report experiencing school-related stress. " Replying to The New Paper's queries, Dr Lim said this trend does not necessarily mean more youth are feeling stressed about their studies but suggests they are more willing to seek help. This may lead them to have unrealistic expectations.