As many as 631 Slovaks committed suicide last year, representing a year-on-year rise of 30 people – and up 120 compared to 2007, the Statistics Office (ŠÚ) announced, as reported by the TASR newswire.
According to the Statistics Office, the most common methods of suicide are hanging and suffocation (with poisonous gas, such as car gases, for example) with 443 people using these forms of suicide.
The statistics also reported that 44 people jumped out of a window or another high spot, 31 people killed themselves with a pistol and 14 people used hunting rifles or other types of rifles. Another 27 people overdosed themselves with pharmaceutical drugs, 20 people cut themselves with a sharp tool or object such as a blade, knife or glass, while 15 people opted for jumping under the wheels of a car or train and eight people deliberately drowned themselves.
The Statistics Office said the most common reason for suicide in the EU is depression. Alarmingly, suicide is the third most common cause of death among young people in the EU. The most frequent reasons for suicide include problems in family and other interpersonal relations.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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30. Aug 2011 at 14:00