Number of suicides rose in 2013

SLOVAKIA’S suicide rate increased in 2013 when the number of suicides went up by 57 year-on-year to 628, announced National Centre of Medical Information (NCZI). The highest number of suicides in Slovakia was in 2008, when 631 people decided to end their lives.

SLOVAKIA’S suicide rate increased in 2013 when the number of suicides went up by 57 year-on-year to 628, announced National Centre of Medical Information (NCZI). The highest number of suicides in Slovakia was in 2008, when 631 people decided to end their lives.

Last year saw 972 attempted suicides. “Overall, the cases of deliberate self-inflicted harm - including suicide attempts – climbed to 1,600 in 2013, which is 11 more than in 2012," said NCZI spokesman Peter Bubla for the TASR newswire. He added that from the long-term perspective, suicide is more common among men. While last year, only 84 females committed suicide, the number for men stood at 544.

With respect to suicide attempts, however, the number of cases for males and females is almost equal. “Most suicides are committed by people aged 50-59 years. Suicide attempts are most common in younger age groups. Most were recorded in the 30-39 year old group,” said Bubla.

The most common form of suicide for both men and women was hanging. Jumping from high places is also common for women. “The suicide attempts by men were most commonly carried out with sharp objects. Women often choose poisoning by drugs,” he added. In terms of location, the highest suicide rate in 2013 was recorded in Banská Bystrica Region (110), while Trnava Region had the lowest rate (61). The number of suicide attempts, however, was the highest in Bratislava Region (210), with Nitra Region having the fewest in this category (45).

(Source: TASR)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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