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Over 10% of emotionally disturbed people try suicide: study

Over 10% of emotionally disturbed people try suicide: study

Taipei, Sept. 6 (CNA) Around 1.245 million people in Taiwan suffer mental health problems and 13.2 percent of them have attempted suicide, according to a study released Sunday by the Taiwan Suicide Prevention Center (TSPC). The study also showed that 10.5 percent of those with mental health problems have seriously thought about committing suicide over the past month, while 20.4 percent have given it a thought over the past year. The survey was released during a seminar held by the TSPC and the Taiwanese Society of Suicidology to mark World Suicide Prevention Day, which falls on Sept. 10. Noting that suicide is a global issue, Lee Ming-been (???), director of the TSPC, citing World Health Organization statistics during the seminar, said that more than 800,000 people commit suicide every year, with an average of about one person dying through suicide every 40 seconds and one person attempting to kill themselves every four seconds. Meanwhile, Liao Shih-cheng (???), chief executive officer of the TSPC, said that a recent survey found that many people are aware of the importance of suicide prevention and are willing to help people seeking help. Liao said that according to the survey, 7.6 percent of the respondents said that their friends have revealed suicide attempts over the past year and 80.8 percent said they would try to dissuade people from attempting suicide, while 11.8 percent said they would accompany those with suicidal thoughts to seek medical attention or a psychological health consultation. According to the survey, which was carried out using a "feelings thermometer," 6.2 percent of the respondents were found to have mental health problems. Of those suffering from mental disorders, 13.2 percent have attempted to take their own lives but only 22.2 percent have sought medical help, according to the survey. However, 59.9 percent of those polled said they would be prepared to lend a helping hand to prevent suicide. The TSPC said everyone can become a gatekeeper of suicidal behavior if they are willing to care a little more for others, pay more attention to listening to them and lending a helping hand to those individuals who show signs of suicidal tendencies. (By Lung Pei-ning and Evelyn Kao)


Updated : 2021-09-18 07:06 GMT+08:00