Friday, May 27, 2016

Suicides in the UK

In February, figures published by the UK’s Office for National Statistics revealed an increase in youth suicides.
There were 201 people aged between 10 and 19 who killed themselves in 2014 – up from 179 in 2013.
It comes as separate Office for National Statistics figures, published this week, suggested student suicides have risen to their highest level since at least 2007.
I read that suicide is the biggest killer of people under the age of 35 in the UK.
However, a University of Manchester research – the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness – had investigated the suicides of 130 people under 20 in England between January 2014 and April 2015.
Their findings showed:  
  • 36% had a physical health condition such as acne or asthma
  • 29% were facing exams or exam results; four died on an exam day or the day after
  • 28% had been bereaved
  • 22% had been bullied, mostly face to face.
The study also found that 23% had used the internet in relation to suicide – including searching for methods or posting suicidal thoughts.  

I am sure we can learn something from the above facts too. Authorities in schools, colleges and universities should take note. Please!

Yesterday, squash queen Nicol David kept alive her hopes of winning the PSA Dubai World Series Finals (May 24-28, 2016) for a third time after she defeated World Junior Champion Nouran Gohar 11-7, 11-9 to qualify for the last four.

In the meantime,  in Hong Kong, at the HKFC International Open Squash Championship (May 23-29, 2016), Low Wee Wern did well to win her two qualifying games. First against Hong Kong's Tong Tsz-Wing 11-4, 12-10, 11-4 on Monday. And second, against Japan's Miyaki Kobayashi a day later, winning 11-4, 11-8, 5-11, 8-11, 11-5.

But on Wednesday, she was stopped in her tracks, when she succumbed to India's Dipika Pallikal 11-1, 11-3, 11-3.

She is still trying to find her winning rhythm after having recovered from a knee injury. And in this tournament, she had shown progress. 
Laughter Yoga has reached our campuses. 

The concept of Laughter Yoga is based on a scientific fact that the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter. Even fake laughter quickly becomes real.

Laugher Yoga incorporates self-induced laughter, relaxation techniques and yogic breathing. And it brings people together!

It's a small world indeed because the certified laughter yoga teacher who was at this session at Berjaya University College of Hospitality on Wednesday is Karen Sze Tho, a friend and fellow Toastmaster!

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