Youth suicide rate remains high

Sweden | 2012-01-30

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Suicide is the leading cause of death between the ages of 15 and 24, shows statistics from the National Board of Health and Welfare.

But while the total number of suicides in Sweden has decreased by about 20 per cent over the past 15 years, the death rate has not fallen for those aged under 25. And the number of suicide attempts among young people has increased over the last ten years.

The organisation Children's Rights in Society (BRIS) have noticed an increase in mental illness among the children who call in to their support number.

“It's very common for children and young people to express that they do not want to live anymore,” says Karin Johansson at BRIS, to news agency TT.

She thinks it is important to break the taboo that surrounds suicide, that adult dare to ask their child if they suspect that the child is unwell.


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