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|Suicide claims 250,000 lives in China every year
BEIJING, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- About 250,000 Chinese
die of suicide each year, making suicide a leading cause of death for Chinese
people, according to an expert on mental health.
Suicide is the number one cause of death for Chinese
people aged between 15 and 34, said Michael R. Philips, China representative of
the International Association for Suicide Prevention and a consultant with the
Mental Health Department of the World Health Organization, here at World Suicide
Prevention Day which falls on Sept. 10.
He said at least two million patients go to a
hospital each year after being injured in an attempted suicide. Only 10 percent of them
had previously received professional psychiatric treatment.
"If only they had had a little hope, they wouldn't
have committed suicide," said the professor, citing from a global survey that 99
percent of people have ambivalent thoughts when committing suicide
Measures should be taken to prevent teenage suicide,
he said, adding that the government should enhance education to improve young
people's ability to adapt to a changing society and to deal with frustration.
According to the Changsha Evening Newspaper, the
first psychological intervention center was founded recently in central China's
Hunan Province, and has recruited one hundred volunteers from 50 cities across
Since the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge was completed
in 1968, about 2,000 people have jumped into the river from the bridge in an
attempt to commit suicide, according to the Oriental Morning Post.
The theme of this year's World Suicide Prevention Day
(Sept. 10) is "with understanding, new hope," calling on people to help those
who attempt to commit suicide to find hope in living. Enditem