More urban Malaysians have suicidal thoughts

MALAYSIA - More people in the Klang Valley are thinking of suicide.

The number of people expressing suicidal thoughts to Befrienders Kuala Lumpur last year is almost double that of 2008.

In 2008, 1,393 people said they had suicidal feelings, but the number shot up to 2,668 last year, said Befrienders KL chairman L.

Mary Raj. Relationship issues topped the list, followed by psychiatric and financial problems.

Most callers were below 30, reported Malaysia's The Star.

Ms Raj said this could be due to more stressful living conditions and more media publicity on suicide cases.

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