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More than 5,000 suicide attempts recorded this year

GENDER DIFFERENCE Twice as many women tried to kill themselves as men, but twice as many men succeeded in killing themselves as women

CNA , TAIPEI

A total of 211 people killed themselves in the first four months of this year out of the 5,593 who attempted to do so, the suicide prevention center reported yesterday.

According to the Department of Health unit, the majority of those who tried to commit suicide during the January-April period belonged to the 25 to 44 age group.

The number of women who attempted to commit suicide was double that of men; however, twice the number of men compared with women succeeded in ending their own lives.

Men tend to kill themselves using more violent means, the center said, adding that drug overdose and using a knife or other tools were the most frequently employed methods.

The cause of suicide remains unknown for 34 percent of the 211 listed cases, while 19 percent and 15 percent were related to family and romantic problems, respectively, center officials said.

About 6 percent of the cases were caused by depression, while 1 percent were related to drug addiction, they added.

Nearly 88 percent of people who have tried to commit suicide will attempt to do so again, they said, noting that 227 of the reported cases involved at least two suicide attempts.

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