Tuesday, November 07, 2006

I'm not surprised

Suicide is the second leading cause of death in Iran

Hospital data indicate that women top the list in suicide. Suicide among the young is setting off additional alarm bells.

Tehran (AsiaNews) – Suicide, especially among women, is the second leading cause of death in Iran. Everyday, Tehran’s Loqman Hospital admits scores of would-be suicides. However, officials in this and other hospitals tend to downplay the incidence of suicides in Iran, partly due to government pressure, partly due to the experts’ view that such news would cause even a further spike in suicide rates. In fact the head of Iran’s Forensic Medicine Organisation is quoted by the Sedaye Edalat daily as saying that “suicide data should not be publicised.” Still some successful suicide attempts are reported every day in the national press.