Russia sounds alarm over spiralling teenage suicides

February 10, 2012

Top Russian psychiatrists on Friday called for urgent measures to battle the soaring teenage suicide rate, one of the world's highest.

The number of 15 to 19-year-olds taking their own lives is almost three times higher than the world average at 19 to 20 per 100,000, the health ministry's chief psychiatrist Zurab Kekelidze told a round table in Moscow.

Four thousand teenagers commit suicide every year, Russia's presidential ombudsman for children, Pavel Astakhov, said Thursday.

Kekelidze said psychology must be taught in schools to help children resolve their problems by and also called on the Russian Orthodox Church to extend support to disturbed youths.

"We have developed a programme and very soon ...start implementing it," Kekelidze said, cited by the RIA Novosti news agency.

He also denounced controversial Internet forums that advise on the different ways of commiting suicide.

Boris Polozhy, one of the main doctors at Moscow's Serbsky Centre said: "The situation is extremely bad in our country."

This week, two jumped together off the roof of an apartment building in the town of Lobnya in the Moscow region in the third such double suicide in Russia since October.

On Friday investigators said they were looking into the death of a 12-year-old boy, who hung himself on a horizontal bar at his home in Siberia's Krasnoyarsk region.

Russia now has the world's third highest rate of suicides among adolescents, according to and the Russian .

Since the turbulent 1990s, the country saw an overall fall in the number of suicides, with statistics showing a decline from 42 suicides per 100,000 people to 23.5 suicides between 1995 and 2010.

Explore further: China's suicide rate 'among highest in world'

Related Stories

China's suicide rate 'among highest in world'

September 8, 2011

A person tries to kill themselves in China every two minutes, the government and state media said Thursday, giving the country one of the highest suicide rates in the world.

Recommended for you

Serious research into what makes us laugh

November 24, 2015

More complex jokes tend to be funnier but only up to a point, Oxford researchers have found. Jokes that are too complicated tend to lose the audience.

Psychologists dispute continuum theory of sexual orientation

November 19, 2015

Washington State University researchers have established a categorical distinction between people who are heterosexual and those who are not. By analyzing the reported sexual behavior, identity and attraction of more than ...

Babies have logical reasoning before age one, study finds

November 18, 2015

Human infants are capable of deductive problem solving as early as 10 months of age, a new study by psychologists at Emory University and Bucknell finds. The journal Developmental Science is publishing the research, showing ...

1 comment

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

not rated yet Feb 10, 2012
To Russia with Love...PLEASE solve this problem by tomorrow morning, or sooner! This is truly HEART BREAKING news and difficult to read without messing up my metro-sexual eye shadow...C'mon guys...fix this!


Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.