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White collars top suicide risk group in city

White collar workers are more vulnerable than others to commit suicides and need immediate intervention, according to an agency that runs a crisis hotline in the city.

Office workers accounted for the largest number of callers from January to November, followed by the unemployed, blue collar workers, public servants and teachers.

The 24-hour hotline service was launched in December by the Life Education and Crisis Intervention Center, a nonprofit organization.

The hotline, 51619995, is Shanghai’s first of its kind, and assigns each call based on seven degrees of crisis seriousness.

White collar workers are more likely to seek help because of their higher education background, said Lin Kunhui, founder of the center.

Lin said the center plans to give lectures and offer consultations in office buildings in Shanghai because of the disturbing trend.

Frustrations, self-doubt, failure in love, work and study were among the main reasons expressed by the white collar workers who contemplated taking their own lives, Lin said.

Singles seeking help were almost double than the married people, while the number of male callers was slightly more than females.

Those in the 30-to-39 age group accounted for the largest number of callers.

Senior high school students and retirees are the two new groups who sought help from the center for the first time.

While seniors are a high-risk group, most of them do not call the hotline to seek help,  Lin said.

The center received 2,941 calls between January and November this year.

According to the World Health Organization, China has a suicide rate of 22.23 per 100,000 people.

Suicide is one of the top causes of death among people between the ages of 15 and 24 in China, according to the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The highest suicide rates are among the elderly and rural women.

About two-thirds of suicides occur in rural areas in China.



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