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Alarming suicide rates in Italy

As the news agency “Il redattore sociale” reported, alarming data have been released in Rome in occasion of the “world day of suicide prevention” on the 10th of September 2013.

The suicide phenomenon rose by 12% in 2009-2010 compared to 2006 mainly in the working range of 25 to 64 year olds (+ 12 per cent in 2009-2010 compared to 2006), for problems related to the economic crisis. At the global level the figures are also alarming: one death by suicide every 40 seconds and a suicide attempt every three.

In 2000, according to the World Health Organization about one million people took their own lives and the phenomenon is one of the leading causes of death in the age group 15 to 34 year olds.

So, in spite of the perfect weather, lovely food and friendly people in the bel paese 4 thousand people every year take their own lives.

The majority of the cases are among men of 40 to 45 years old but the phenomenon is increasing also in the 25 to 65 year old working group. Many cases are reported also among adolescents and the elderly.

The even sadder news is that, more than a half of these people could have been helped, but as a matter of fact there aren’t enough prevention politics and resources dedicated to the problem.

According to the experts working on prevention is crucial. It is also important to inform on the signs to recognise people who are going to commit this extreme act, as the ways to recognise such a desperate state of mind may not be so obvious.

On the increase are also the cases of homicide-suicides related to female murders and unconscious suicides as for example people driving fast under the effect of drugs.

In the Lazio region there are approximately 700 suicides each year and in Rome alone there are about 200 to 250.  

In such a difficult time for Italy it’s unfortunately quite difficult to imagine that funds will be allocated for this dramatic problem in the short term. 

Giulia Lombardo

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