Official figures show rise in number of suicides in Slovakia

Four minors also decided to end their life.

People at work have been inclined to commit suicide more often, since 2014, than the unemployed in Slovakia.People at work have been inclined to commit suicide more often, since 2014, than the unemployed in Slovakia. (Source: Pixabay)

The number of people in Slovakia who decided to commit suicide last year has gone up compared with 2017.

“533 people ended their lives by committing suicide in 2018, which is 27 more than the year before,” the National Health Information Centre (NCZI) said, as quoted by TASR.

Nevertheless, the figure is not as high as in between 2008 and 2010, as well as in 2013, when more than 600 suicides were reported.

Also, the NCZI informed about 773 suicidal attempts from the past year, which is a drop of 68 attempts.

Family and school problems

Most of the people who committed suicide were in their fifties. Yet, four children under 14 ended their life. Moreover, young people of ages 15 and 19 committed fifteen suicides, out of which eleven were boys.

“Conflicts and family issues, followed by school problems, are the main motives why children decide to commit suicide,” said NCZI head Peter Blaškovitš, as quoted by TASR.

In the case of youth and children, the figures increased by one suicide in each category in 2018.

Female suicide on the rise

Although men tend to commit suicide more often in Slovakia, the figure dropped for the first time under 80 percent, that is 425 cases, in 2018.

However, the number of women committing suicide rose by 20.3 percent. Women in their sixties decided to end their lives most often.

Simultaneously, employed people have been inclined to commit suicide more often, since 2014, than the unemployed, as reported by TASR.

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