It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of a recent and deeply tragic incident that occurred in Bukit Batok. A 15-year-old girl, Ellis Teo, took the life of her grandfather before ending her own. The circumstances surrounding this heartbreaking event are complex and challenging to comprehend, as investigators were unable to determine the exact sequence of events leading to the tragedy.
The court revealed that Ellis had documented thoughts of suicide in her diary, shedding light on her mental health struggles. Her friends were aware of these struggles, but sadly, her parents were unaware of the depth of her emotional turmoil. This tragic incident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of mental health awareness, open communication, and seeking help when needed.
Ellis’ case underscores the importance of reaching out to those around us who might be silently battling with their mental health. It is crucial for friends, family, and peers to be attuned to the signs of distress and to offer support and empathy. Creating a safe space for open conversations about mental health can be a lifeline for someone in need.
In this difficult time, we want to emphasize the importance of seeking help. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues, consider reaching out to the following helplines for support, advice, or simply a listening ear:
- 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)
Remember, there is strength in seeking help, and no one should face their challenges alone. Let us come together as a community to support one another and raise awareness about the importance of mental health.
Take care, and please reach out.