How suicide can impact families and friends
Published on 05 Oct, 2022
Synopsis: Every first and third Wednesday of the month, The Straits Times helps you make sense of health matters that affect you. Suicide is a complex phenomenon, one that is not yet fully understood. It's why the Institute of Mental Health has embarked on the first psychological autopsy in Singapore, to study to explore and analyse the risk factors for suicide.  In this episode, ST senior health correspondent Joyce Teo speaks with Ms Jacqueline Pak. She is 42 and the head of corporate affairs in a boutique consultancy firm. She lost her father to suicide when she was 17. She shares the impact it has had on her life. If you're having thoughts of suicide or know someone feeling suicidal, please reach out for help, and we have included helplines below. To find out more about the study, you can e-mail: Highlights (click/tap above): 1:10 Ms Pak recalls when her dad died of suicide when she was 17 6:55 Anger, denial and guilt in her family, following his suicide; harsh reactions from friends 13:40 Challenge in getting help back then: Being told how to feel and what to do 16:50 How one doctor changed her life after she left to work in Australia at 26 23:30 Why Ms Pak is participating in the new IMH survey and what it took for her to do this interview; breaking the vicious circle of taboo 28:45 Ms Pak's tips for suicide survivors and those who have lost loved ones through suicide HELPLINES National Care: 1800-202-6868 Samaritans Of Singapore: 1800-221-4444 Singapore Association For Mental Health: 1800-283-7019 Institute Of Mental Health's Mobile Crisis Service: 6389-2222 Care Corner Counselling Centre (Mandarin): 1800-353-5800 Silver Ribbon: 6386-1928 Tinkle Friend: 1800-274-4788 and Community Health Assessment Team: 6493-6500 and TOUCHline (Counselling): 1800-377-2252 TOUCH Care Line (for seniors, caregivers): 6804-6555 Produced by: Joyce Teo ( and Fa'izah Sani Edited by: Fa'izah Sani and Eden Soh Follow Health Check Podcast here and rate us: Channel: Apple Podcasts: Spotify: Google Podcasts: SPH Awedio app: Website: Feedback to: Read Joyce Teo's stories: --- Discover ST's special edition podcasts: Singapore's War On Covid: The Unsolved Mysteries of South-east Asia: Stop Scams: Invisible Asia: --- Discover more ST podcast series: Asian Insider: Green Pulse: In Your Opinion: Your Money & Career: #PopVultures: ST Sports Talk: Bookmark This!: Lunch With Sumiko: Discover ST Podcasts: Discover BT Podcasts: Follow our shows then, if you like short, practical podcasts! #healthcheck