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Will helpline sign stop suicide attempts?

October 30, 2011 - 9:12pm

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The New Paper, Oct 10, 2011

WHEN the body of a 63-year-old woman was pulled out of Bedok Reservoir on Oct 25, it prompted national water agency PUB to step up patrols amid concerns that these drownings are cases of copycat suicides.

The latest victim, a widow, is the fifth in five months.

In light of recent incidents, a PUB spokesman said the agency is considering putting up signages with helpline numbers.

Such suicide prevention signs are common overseas at places with high incidence of suicides like the Sea of Trees at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, US.

But would these signs really help?

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