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‘We need to talk about it’, says Thailand mental health chief as suicides increase during COVID-19


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By Pichayada Promchertchoo

 

Thailand's Mental Health Department expects suicide rates to increase as the COVID-19 pandemic drags on and encourages the public to seek mental health support when they need it.

 

BANGKOK: Suicide rates are on the rise in Thailand as COVID-19 has undermined public mental health for almost two years. 

 

Latest data from the Mental Health Department showed a marked increase in suicide deaths, which rose from at least 5,768 in 2018 to 5,870 in 2019. The figure was 6,597 in 2020. 

 

This means last year alone, Thailand recorded 10.08 suicide deaths per 100,000 population. 

 

Full story: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/asia/thailand-suicide-covid-19-mental-health-department-director-general-2247011

 

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Very sad numbers and probably under-reported.

Motorcyclist (no helmet) drives into the back of a parked garbage truck at high speed. Accident or suicide?

The numbers do not reflect the attempted (and failed) suicides either.

Very, very sad.

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But.. But.. the other article today say that Thailand has one of the best health system in the world...

these are horrible statistics, never knew this mental health situation was so dire in this country...

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36 minutes ago, spidermike007 said:

They left a note. There is 200 baht in the drawer. That is all we have. We cannot take care of the children any longer. There is no hope left. We cannot work, as they will not let us, and we cannot afford to eat.

This just broke my heart. 😢

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Pre-virus it was high to start, take away income, and no surprise.  Wiki stats (2019) puts it about midway on the worldwide scale.  

Not to go off topic, but USA has one of the highest rates of the G20.  Russia & S. Korea a bit worse.

 

Another site, w/interactive map, a bit more friendly to Thailand:

https://worldpopulationreview.com/country-rankings/suicide-rate-by-country

 

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Suicide is an escape from unbearable suffering of myriad kinds.

 

“No man ever threw away life while it was worth keeping.”

― David Hume

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3 hours ago, Jonathan Fairfield said:

COVID-19 has undermined public mental health for almost two years.

That´s proof of that the age of miracles ain´t over yet!

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2 hours ago, spidermike007 said:

They left a note. There is 200 baht in the drawer. That is all we have. We cannot take care of the children any longer.

This is a tragedy. This is heartbreaking.

 

 

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Just now, lolalol said:

This is a tragedy. This is heartbreaking.

 

 

And it is a fact, that nobody wants to talk about. The mental health chief (whatever that means) says it needs to be discussed, but he is demonstrating a huge lack of fealty to Prayuth, in the process. This kind of national emergency is real proof that Thailand should never allow another coup to happen. With a civilian government that is democratically elected, and a truly representative body in the senate, Thailand at least has a chance of qualified ministers being appointed based on merit and talent. With Prayuth and this army, there is little chance of this ever happening. They are re-defining the words cronyism and inept on a daily basis.

 

Nobody knows how high unemployment is right now. I suspect it is over 30% nationwide. Alot of hurt right now. Alot of pain for the locals. I really feel for them. Where is the hope? Where is the promise of a rosy tomorrow? What is the future of the nation? Seven years of regression, combined with a stunning degree of mismanagement, ineptitude, lack of vision, and inability to even get the vaccine program right, is leading to alot of desperation at this time.

Should I be worried about saying these things? I cannot be punished, as all of this it true. Prayuth said we can be critical as long as it was true. However we know what you actually meant, Prayuth. What you actually meant is:

You cannot criticize us, on any level, for anything! Ever! Am I understood? However, since the worldwide media, social media, and the Guardian are now publishing highly critical articles, about the oppression, suppression, and repression we are inflicting upon the citizens and ex-pats of this nation, the heinous punishment we are handing out, and we are taking more egg on the face than we care to, we will issue a "statement of clarification", so nobody "misunderstands us, or our noble intentions".

We are despots, and there is no length we will not go to, to make it seem otherwise. However, we do not want the world talking about us. That is a bridge too far. Damn, I sure wish the media, social media, and the news agencies did not exist. They make life so complicated for me, when I am always having to justify my behavior! Can't you guys just leave us alone?
 

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47 minutes ago, spidermike007 said:

Should I be worried about saying these things? I cannot be punished, as all of this it true. Prayuth said we can be critical as long as it was true.

Nah.

 

Thai court suspends government order on 'false messages'


BANGKOK, Aug 6 (Reuters) - A Thai court on Friday suspended the implementation of a government order to ban the dissemination of "false messages" and distorted news, ruling it breached individual rights and freedom enshrined in the constitution.

 

Media groups had filed a petition to revoke the order after accusing the government of intending to use it to crack down on criticism over its handing of the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Authorities have been taking legal action against some people, including celebrities and social media influencers, who have criticised the pandemic response.

 

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/thai-court-suspends-government-order-false-messages-2021-08-06/

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4 hours ago, Jonathan Fairfield said:

BANGKOK: Suicide rates are on the rise in Thailand as COVID-19 has undermined public mental health for almost two years.

Only two years..?

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3 hours ago, spidermike007 said:

They left a note. There is 200 baht in the drawer. That is all we have. We cannot take care of the children any longer. There is no hope left. We cannot work, as they will not let us, and we cannot afford to eat.

And TAT are talking of spending 200 million on hiring a singer purely for entertainment.

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1 hour ago, jerrymahoney said:

Nah.

 

Thai court suspends government order on 'false messages'


BANGKOK, Aug 6 (Reuters) - A Thai court on Friday suspended the implementation of a government order to ban the dissemination of "false messages" and distorted news, ruling it breached individual rights and freedom enshrined in the constitution.

 

Media groups had filed a petition to revoke the order after accusing the government of intending to use it to crack down on criticism over its handing of the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Authorities have been taking legal action against some people, including celebrities and social media influencers, who have criticised the pandemic response.

 

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/thai-court-suspends-government-order-false-messages-2021-08-06/

Always refreshing when a court shuts down the attempted use of oppression, repression, suppression of the flow of information, and the overarching desire to shut up the people, on the part of the power hungry goons and creeps. 

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7 hours ago, TooMuchTime said:

That is what happens when some individuals decide to shut down peoples livelihood and jobs.

 

 

And still they don't care, except bla, bla, bla.

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7 hours ago, elcaro said:

Probably no money available from the government to put into this issue as they just spend 200M THB to pay for "entertainment". 

Do you meaning the submarines for "entertainment"?

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11 hours ago, TooMuchTime said:

That is what happens when some individuals decide to shut down peoples livelihood and jobs.

 

 

Amen.

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What do you expect from a society that doesn't care for anybody except those "special few"? 

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