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Suicide rate on the rise [China Daily]

Suicide, determined by the WHO as the 13th largest cause of death worldwide is fast becoming an issue-area for China. Based on figures from Xinhua and the China Daily (below), 250,000 to 287,000 Chinese commit suicide each year. That’s about 600-700 suicides a day, with the suicide rate increasing 60 percent in the past half-century.

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Suicide rate on the rise
By Chen Yingqun
Source – China Daily, published September 08, 2011

About 250,000 Chinese people kill themselves every year and 2 million attempt to do so, said a health report.

Suicide has also become the most cause for the death of people from 15 to 34, Beijing Evening News has reported.

Depressive disorder is the most common motive for suicides, a report from Beijing Municipal Health Bureau says.

According to data from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the suicide rate has risen 60 percent in the past 50 years; 75 percent of suicides happen in rural areas.

Sept 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. It is promoted by Organizations such as the International Association for Suicide Prevention and the World Health Organization.


Filed under: China Daily, Chinese Model, Domestic Growth, Environment, Health, Mapping Feelings, People, Population, Social, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities

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