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: Russia must tackle 'critical' suicide rate: experts

Related Stories

Russia must tackle 'critical' suicide rate: experts

October 20, 2011
Russia must launch a public health campaign to reduce the country's suicide rate, among the highest in the world, top psychiatrists said on Thursday.

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.

Russia parliament adopts law restricting abortions

October 22, 2011
(AP) -- Russia's parliament adopted a law Friday limiting abortions but rejected even tougher restrictions backed by the country's conservative Orthodox Church.

Recommended for you

Should I stay or should I leave? Untangling what goes on when a relationship is being questioned

August 17, 2017
Knowing whether to stay in or leave a romantic relationship is often an agonizing experience and that ambivalence can have negative consequences for health and well-being.

Kids learn moral lessons more effectively from stories with humans than human-like animals

August 17, 2017
A study by researchers at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto found that four to six-year-olds shared more after listening to books with human characters than books with anthropomorphic ...

History of stress increases miscarriage risk, says new review

August 17, 2017
A history of exposure to psychological stress can increase the risk of miscarriage by upto 42 per cent, according to a new review.

Study finds children pay close attention to potentially threatening information, avoid eye contact when anxious

August 17, 2017
We spend a lot of time looking at the eyes of others for social cues – it helps us understand a person's emotions, and make decisions about how to respond to them. We also know that adults avoid eye contact when anxious. ...

Communicating in a foreign language takes emotion out of decision making

August 16, 2017
If you could save the lives of five people by pushing another bystander in front of a train to his death, would you do it? And should it make any difference if that choice is presented in a language you speak, but isn't your ...

Precision medicine opens the door to scientific wellness preventive approaches to suicide

August 15, 2017
Researchers have developed a more precise way of diagnosing suicide risk, by developing blood tests that work in everybody, as well as more personalized blood tests for different subtypes of suicidality that they have newly ...

1 comment

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

210
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!

word-to-ya-muthas

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.