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Jobs, economic woes main cause of suicide

EMPLOYMENT and economic problems are the top causes that drive people to go to extremes, according to the city's first large-scale survey on suicidal behavior, which was released yesterday ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day which falls on Friday.

The survey, which covered 363 patients at emergency rooms of four hospitals and three mental health centers, reflected the characteristics of those attempting suicide in China's urban areas.

"Such people have a comparatively high education background, high jobless rate and severe family conflicts," said Dr Shan Huaihai of the Xuhui District Mental Health Center, who led the survey.

Of the patients, 245 were women and 118 men with an average age of 33. Over 38 percent met the diagnostic criteria for depression and schizophrenia.

Over 70 percent of people trying to kill themselves had high-school education or vocational training and 14 percent had a bachelor's or higher degree. Two-thirds of such people were in a poor financial situation and 48 percent were unemployed. Over 65 percent said their family relationship was bad.

The most common method people chose to kill themselves was taking an overdose of medicines, followed by jumping from high places and cutting their wrist.


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