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Is Suicide Decriminalised?

Has the country decriminalised suicide, with clear legal frameworks and policy positions?


Are Crisis Lines Available?

Is free, confidential support from a helpline or hotline available? Status provided by find a helpline.


Member of

National Suicide Prevention Strategy?

Is there a national suicide prevention strategy, such as from the WHO, and does include decriminalisation, if known?


Population in Need of Support Per Year

Based on the WHO likely attempted suicide rate.

As a calculation of population size against suicide rate

Strength Of Support (Local Qualitative Assessment)

Political Support

Civil Society Support

Religious / Cultural Support

Legislative Activity

Suicide Rate Per 100K Per Year, all Sexes (SDG 3.4.2)

per 100,000
WHO 2019 for SDG 3.4.2. Global average 1 per 100,000

Suicide Deaths Per Year (By Population)

per annum
As a calculation of population size against suicide rate

Brunei Darussalam, officially Negara Brunei Darussalam, translates from Malay to 'Seafarers Living in the Abode of Peace'. Located on the northern coast of the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia, Brunei Brunei is known for its substantial oil and natural gas reserves, which have played a significant role in the country's economy.

Brunei's lush rainforests, like the Ulu Temburong National Park, offer jungle trekking, canopy walks, and wildlife viewing opportunities.

It is home to a rich tapestry of ethnic groups, including Malay, Chinese, and Indigenous Dayak.

As an Islamic nation, Brunei adheres to the Sunni faith, with mosques and Islamic institutions playing a significant role in daily life.

The legal system combines Common Law, Customary Law, and Islamic Law (Sharia), which overlap in matters relating to personal life and the family.

Like many nations, Brunei Darussalam inherited colonial-era laws from the British Empire. Although struck from the British statutes in 1961, attempted suicide is still a crime under Brunei's Syariah Penal Code Order 2013 (s 165) and the Penal Code (article 309). It comes with a punishment that may include imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year, a fine, or both.

The World Health Organization (WHO) advocates for the decriminalisation of suicide and suicide attempts. Finding out more and removing such laws removes stigma and allows avenues for providing appropriate mental health support to individuals in crisis.

Criminalising suicide punishes distress. Decriminalising suicide saves lives.

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