Thursday, December 1, 2011

Russia: Teen Suicide Rate Ranks 3rd Highest in the World

Russia has the third-highest number of suicides among teenagers in the world — followed only by Kazakhstan and Belarus — a troubling statistic experts link to family problems, a new UNICEF report released Wednesday found.

About 1,500 teenagers, between the ages of 15 and 19, kill themselves annually across the country, according to the report prepared by UNICEF and a research institute affiliated with the Health and Social Development Ministry. In all, there are 30,000 suicides recorded in Russia each year.

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