Suicide rate dropping in Estonia

  • 2006-10-10
  • TBT Staff
The number of suicides in Estonia has dropped by almost half in the past 10 years, though the country still has a high suicide risk.
The drop has gone from 41 to 20 suicides per 100,000 people, the director of the Estonian-Swedish Mental Health and Suicide Institute, Airi Varnik, said.
"Middle-aged men remain the group most at risk," Varnik said. "What causes concern is young people's self-destructive behavior -- attempted suicides, deliberate self-injuring, and partiality for alcohol and narcotics."