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Suicide becomes top cause of death for China's youth
AFAR
11/26/2002



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Huilongguan Hospital in Beijing recently reported in an investigative study that every year about 287,000 Chinese people die of suicide, while 2,000,000 people attempt suicide in vain. This places suicide as the number 5 cause of death, accounting for 3.6% of all deaths in China. Alarmingly, suicide is ranked as the number 1 cause of death for youth, accounting for 19% of deaths for those between the ages of 15 and 34.

This study also shows that Mainland China remains the only country on Earth in which the female suicide rate is higher than the male suicide rate; in this case, 25% higher. This situation is particularly serious for young women in rural regions. Overall, the rural suicide rate is three to four times that in urban areas. In other words, 90% of suicides take place in the countryside.

Medical experts in China believe that depression and other psychological factors account for roughly 40% of the cause for suicide, family feuds 25%, economic poverty and physical diseases 10% each, and other reasons 15%.

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