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Chinese Youth Vulnerable to Suicide, Report Says

September 12, 2008 05:59 AM
by Emily Coakley
A new report says suicide is one of the leading causes of death in China. Suicide remains a major concern elsewhere, too.

Suicide Fifth Leading Cause of Death for All Ages

Suicide is the most likely cause of death for people ages 15 to 34, according to a report by the Chinese Association for Mental Health, China Daily reports.

China Daily said 250,000 people commit suicide in mainland China each year, which translates into one suicide and eight attempts every two minutes, giving China the world’s highest suicide rate.

Yang Fude of Beijing Huilongguan Hospital said in an interview with China Daily that where people commit suicide is also unusual. “It is also one of the few countries where rural suicides outnumber urban suicides,” he said. “In China, the ratio is three to one.”

The BBC reports that Shanghai school officials are having students fill out mental health questionnaires after three students there have tried to commit suicide since the beginning of September.
Marital disputes, problems at work and other problems at home are the reason for roughly half of suicides, China Daily reported.

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