South Korea seeks to curb rising suicide rate
[ 2007-02-27 08:45 ]
South Korea may make farm chemicals
less toxic and install more fences on the tops of tall buildings in order
to cut down on the high suicide
Suicide rate on the rise
in South Korea
Actress Jeong Da-Bin and pop singer Yuni, two high-profile young women
with successful careers, were both found hanged in the past few weeks,
sparking concern in South Korea, which has the highest suicide rate of all
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) members.
Having seen its suicide rate double in less than a decade, the country
will also set up more counseling centers and try to increase awareness of
the risks of depression, according to a health official.
"Also as a part of the campaign, we want to remove harmful Internet
sites that may encourage suicide as well increase the number of our cyber
counseling sites for young people, who favor this type of service," said
ministry official Kim Gwon-chul.
In 2004, 24.2 South Korean per 100,000 citizens killed themselves,
making suicide the fourth leading cause of death in the country, ahead of
traffic accidents. There were 12,047 deaths by suicide in 2005.
South Korea's suicide rate is higher than Japan's and about double that
in Canada, Norway or the United States, the government said.
One reason behind the increase in suicides may be a widening gap
between the haves and the have-nots in South Korea, with poorer citizens
more likely to kill themselves than the affluent, according to government
suicide rate : 自杀率