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Suicide cases are rising: 9 people per day claims their life in 2018



According to the latest data announced by TUIK, 3 thousand 161 people lost their lives in 2018 because of suicides. This means that an average of 9 people die every day. It was stated that illnesses, economic troubles and future anxiety lead the causes of suicide.

Since Turkey Statistical Institute (TUIK) data for the 2019 suicide numbers is still not announced, there is not a clear information whether suicide rates are increasing in the country. According to the latest data announced by TUIK, 3 thousand 161 people lost their lives in 2018. This means that an average of 9 people die every day.

While most suicide cases occur in Istanbul with 432 deaths, this city is followed by Ankara, İzmir, Bursa and Konya. In suicide-related deaths, the number of men (2,391) appears to be about 3 times that of women (770). The causes of suicide include reasons such as notably psychological disorders, and diseases, financial difficulties, family incompatibility.

SUICIDE RATES ARE 3.88 IN TURKEY, AND 12.9 PER HUNDRED THOUSAND IN EUROPE

Raw suicide rate in Turkey (suicide rate) is 3.88. This figure is below the European and world average. However, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), 12.9 out of every 100 thousand Europeans commit suicide, while this rate is 10.5 worldwide. However, suicide rates in Turkey remains below the world and Europe average, the recent increase in the cases shown in the news draws attention.

 “THIS IS AN INCREASED PUBLIC HEALTH PROBLEM, BUT PREVENTABLE”

Faculty Member Specialist Clinical Psychologist Dr. Elif Güneri Yöyen from Nişantaşı University said that the sleep, lifestyle, nutritional habits, relationships and social circles of individuals who feel inadequate, incomplete, helpless, worthless, hopeless or pessimistic have been impaired. Yöyen stated that people at risk should get help from a psychiatrist or psychologist.

By stating that some individuals with negative emotions such as hopelessness, pessimism, worthlessness, and inadequacy see suicide as a way out of their painful feelings and thoughts, Yöyen pointed out that suicide is a public health problem that can be prevented with appropriate intervention programs.

Yöyen also stated that when the economic problems cause inadequacy to meet personal or family needs, and when social relations cannot be reached and positive relationships maintained with others, individuals can say, "There is no point in living, better if I die" or "Whatever I do, I cannot get rid of this meaninglessness, this emptiness, this dilemma." and  they become suicidal and drawn to suicide.

Release date: 21.02.2020