Nurse: The suicide of our colleague M’sian, a bloody wake-up call for the health sector … we are all mentally tired and need rest … our director does not see that …

Singapore – An Instagram post to @sgnightingales about the suicide of a Malaysian nurse has gone viral, with many commentators tagging authorities in a bid to draw attention to the situation.

?? When will ANYBODY listen to us, when we say mental health is paramount? ?? I am speechless that one of our Malaysian nightingales has let us fight his own struggles. This incident is indeed a bloody wake-up call for everyone in the healthcare industry, ”the captioned post said.

It showed screenshots of a nurse who wants to remain anonymous, writing about a colleague who had just “become a victim of suicide”.

The coworker was described as a kind person who rarely complained or got angry.

“She was one of the coldest people in my department,” the poster added, and no one understood that she suffered from depression, as she usually came to work smiling.

The two nurses had “worked hard together in the Covid and ARI (Acute Respiratory Infection) department” and had gained weight, but the Malaysian nurse had lost a lot of weight this year.

“I was thinking because she just wanted to be slimmer… But now I think she might be struggling with her issues.”

Another colleague responded, saying the nurse had wanted to return home to Malaysia, which until last week was not possible due to restrictions linked to the pandemic.

In addition, “as we all know, the situation in our parish does not allow him to do so.”

They added that they believed the suicide could have been avoided IF only she had had enough support from those around her, and pointed out that their colleague’s death was a reminder that mental health is just as important as physical health.

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They wrote that they were “all mentally tired and just needed a rest”.

They also feel that “management doesn’t see it,” and are more concerned about staffing rates than staff well-being.

If only our mental and physical health is a priority, “our morale will also increase with staffing ratios,” was another comment.

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Many internet users have expressed their sympathy for the nurses.

A number of them tagged the authorities, including @moh_singapore, @halimahyacob, @lawrencewongst, @ongyekung, and even different media such as @straits_times, @mothershipsg, and @channelnewsasia.

The Covid-19 pandemic has been difficult for everyone, but perhaps healthcare workers have paid the price.

Last month, Minister of State for Health Janil Puthucheary alluded to a shortage of healthcare workers in a ministerial statement, where he noted an increase in the quit rate among local and foreign healthcare workers.

HWe noted that approximately 1,500 healthcare workers quit between January and June this year. Before the Covid-19 pandemic, around 2,000 quit each year.

The shortage of healthcare workers has become so severe that a private hospital group now offering up to $ 12,000 as finder’s fees for its staff who successfully recruit experienced nurses to enroll.

For the first time in over 20 years, the number of nurses in Singapore declined in 2020.

If you or someone you know has a mental health problem, the following helplines are available:

  • National helpline: 1800-202-6868 (8h00-12h00)
  • Institute of Mental Health Mental Health Helpline: 6389-2222 (24 hours)
  • Singapore Samaritans: 1800-221-4444 (24 hours) / 1-767 (24 hours)
  • Singapore Association for Mental Health: 1800-283-7019
  • Singapore Silver Ribbon: 6386-1928
  • Tinkle Friend: 1800-274-4788 and www.tinklefriend.sg
  • Community Health Assessment Team: 6493-6500 / 1 and www.chat.mentalhealth.sg / TISG

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