Tuesday, September 19, 2006

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Korea’s Suicide Rate Highest in OECD in 2005
The number of suicides rose to an all-time high of 12,000 last year as more people took their own lives amid economic hardship, recording the highest suicide rate among the 30 member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
According to the National Statistical Office (NSO) yesterday, suicide was the fourth-largest cause of death in the country for two years in a row...
"The fast pace of social change in the country and stagnant business conditions were main contributors to an increase in suicides last year,’’ an NSO official said.
He said suicides are also on the rise among senior citizens who had not fully prepared for old age and were not properly supported by their children.
What was more alarming is that suicide topped the causes of deaths last year for 20-and 30-somethings who were supposed to actively participate in economic activities.
About 21.8 people in their 30s out of 100,000 decided to take their own lives due mainly to the worsening economic conditions. ... [The Korea Times]

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