An estimated 46,400 local people have considered, planned or attempted suicide in the past year, according to the results of a community survey released yesterday.
The survey was conducted by the Department of Health's Suicide Prevention Center in an effort to identify suicide high-risk groups and seek effective preventive measures, Liao Shih-cheng, the center's deputy director, said. The center carried out face-to-face interviews with 10,135 selected people aged 18 or over earlier this year to explore whether they have had suicide intentions, plans or attempts over the past year.
The results showed that 0.29 percent of the respondents confessed that they have attempted to take their lives or injured themselves over the past year. "The percentage translated into an estimated 46,400 individuals who have attempted suicide in the past year or an average of 127 attempted suicides per day," said Liao.
According to the survey, 1.81 percent of the respondents, which translates into an estimated population of 289,600, said they have considered suicide in the past year, and about 0.46 percent, or an estimated population of 73,600, said they have had suicide plans in mind during the same period.
A further analysis of the survey findings showed that women are more inclined to consider, plan or attempt suicide than men and that the younger the respondents, the higher the possibility of their considering suicide.
In terms of the prevalence of attempted suicide over the past year, Liao said the number of those who have attempted suicide was 14 times that of suicide deaths.
According to Liao, many of those who have considered, planned or attempted suicide are suffering from anxiety, depression or other mental disorders or alcoholism. As this group of people usually reveal their suicide intentions before taking action, Liao said their family members, teachers and friends should pay more attention to their daily life or behavior and offer timely counseling and assistance.