More suicides than traffic deaths

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18 November 2003 , BERLIN - More people commit suicide in Germany each year than die in traffic accidents, according to figures released Tuesday.

18 November 2003

BERLIN - More people commit suicide in Germany each year than die in traffic accidents, according to figures released Tuesday.

The data compiled by the National Suicide Prevention Programme in Germany showed 11,156 people killed themselves in 2001, compared with 6,949 road deaths.

The figures, presented at the programme's first annual convention since its establishment last year, showed more than 100,000 Germans attempted to kill themselves. Suicide attempts are highest among women over age 60, about half of whom at one time or another try to take their own lives.

Programme chairman Dr. Armin Schmidtke of Wuerzburg University said suicide prevention awareness training amongst doctors in one city, Nuremberg, had reduced the suicide rate there by 25 percent.

In addition, German rail authorities have been encouraged to put up suicide-prevention fences at known "hot spots" along rail lines.

On the average, three persons a day throw themselves in front of trains in Germany.


DPA


Subject: German news


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