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Hotline: 38.7% pregnant teens think about suicide

NEARLY 40 percent of pregnant teenagers who called a Shanghai hotline for help expressed their intention to commit suicide if their problem was not solved properly, according to the hotline operator.

The Pregnant Teens Hotline (65876866) was launched in 2005 by No. 411 Hospital of the People's Liberation Army in Shanghai. It interviewed 1,200 girl students who called the hotline last year and found 38.7 percent of them had suicide tendency.

"If I don't get any help, I may end my life," a 17-year-old student surnamed Liu said in the interview.

The hotline received 1,863 calls in the month-long winter holiday ending last week. The number is 16.58 percent more than the same period last year, said an official with the No. 411 Hospital.

Girl students of local vocational schools accounted for 30 percent of the callers, the highest percentage, the official said.


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