Youth suicides in Taipei rising fast: department

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 01, 2020
By: Lee I-chia / Staff reporter

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je attends a news conference for the launch of a new interactive display booth on youth suicide at Taipei City Hall yesterday.
Photo: CNA

The Taipei Department of Health yesterday said that the number of suicides of young people in the city has grown rapidly in the past two years, adding that mental health issues are the main reasons for suicidal behavior.

Last year, 339 people died from suicide in the city, a decline of 10 people from 2018, the department said, citing Ministry of Health and Welfare data.

However, the number of deaths from suicide among people aged 15 to 24 increased from 17 to 28, or by 64.7 percent, showing that suicide prevention measures for the age group needs immediate attention, it said.

The Taipei City Government yesterday held a news conference and set up an interactive display booth at Taipei City Hall to raise public awareness about suicide prevention.   [FULL  STORY]

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