Last Updated on December 4, 2023, 4:27 pm
Ghim Moh Suicide: A woman and baby were found dead at the foot of Ghim Moh HDB block; this is the second such case in a month.
A 34-year-old woman and a three-week-old infant were found dead at the foot of Housing Board Block in Ghim Moh on Sunday, December 3, 2023.
What happened at Ghim Moh block 29?
A 34-year-old woman and a three-week-old baby were found dead at Block 29 Ghim Moh Link on December 3, 2023. According to Strait Times, the Police were informed of the incident at 11:15 a.m. The woman and baby discovered motionless, were pronounced dead at the scene by Singapore Civil Defence Force paramedics.
According to a Chinese-language news outlet, Lianhe Zaobao, the pair was considered mother and son. A witness called the Police after spotting two bodies while he was passing by the HDB block. Later, Police officers and two blue tents were seen at the location.
Several people were seen seated nearby, some covering their faces and crying. They were believed to be relatives of the deceased pair, Zaobao reported. An investigation is underway to determine the circumstances leading to the devastating event. After the preliminary exam, the Police said they did not suspect foul play.
This is the second incident in a month in Singapore. The hear-wrenching event is the second incident involving a woman and a child, which happened in Singapore in a month. On November 5, 2023, a 33-year-old woman and a one-month-old baby were found dead at the foot of flats in Eunos on Sunday afternoon. The pair were believed to be mother and daughter.
Depression and suicide
According to WHO (World Health Organization), an estimated 3.8% of the population experiences depression, including 5% of adults. Nearly 280 million people in the world have depression. Its symptoms include withdrawal from activities, low energy, isolation, unusual anger/agitation, consistent low moods, etc.
If left untreated, it can take its severe form and could lead to suicide. More than 700,000 people die due to suicide every year. Suicide is the fourth leading of death among 15-29-year-olds.
Early detection, treatment, medication, and therapy can prevent extreme measures. We should all remain vigilant and help those who are suffering in silence. If you or someone you know or love has these symptoms, seek professional help. With the help of counselling and social support, one can begin the journey to healing and recovery.
Suicide Prevention Helplines in Singapore
SOS 24-hour Hotline: 1-767
Singapore Association for Mental Health: 1800-283-7019
Institute of Mental Health: 6389-2222 (24 hours)
Tinkle Friend: 1800-274-4788 (for primary school-aged children)
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