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Suicide rates increasing in Lebanon: report

A general view of Ramlet al-Baida, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Suicide rates in Lebanon have remarkably increased over the last several years, the Internal Security Forces told the Lebanese daily Al-Joumhouria.

According to police statistics published Saturday in Al-Joumhouria, 101 people killed themselves in 2011, 108 in 2012, 111 in 2013 and 143 in 2014.

The statistics for 2015 were not mentioned.

The Internal Security Forces revealed that six Lebanese nationals and one foreigner committed suicide during the first 20 days of 2016.

An ISF source told the daily that for every five Lebanese suicides, there is one foreigner who commits suicide in the country. When asked which group is more inclined to commit suicide, the source said that “females try more than males in Lebanon, but they fail most of the time.”

“For instance, in 2015 there were six female suicides for every 15 suicides,” he said.

“Shooting oneself is the most common method [of suicide], followed by the consumption of a poisonous substance and then jumping from a height, which is the most popular means among foreigners, especially the Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi domestic workers.”

Raed Mohsen, a specialist in human communication and marital and family therapy, told Al-Joumhouria that the number one cause for suicide is psychological illness, particularly depression.

"The ill person believes that their problem is the biggest in the world, and they could not live with it," he said.





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