Suicide Dwindles Among Younger People

  • By Choi Won-woo

    January 06, 2017 08:35

    Suicide among younger people has dwindled over the last 25 years but increased among the older generation.

    According to researchers at Seoul National University led by Park Sang-hwa on Tuesday, between 1985 and 1989, men in their 20s and 30s accounted for 50.1 percent of all suicides among men, and women in the age group for 50.4 percent of female suicides.

    But between 2010 and 2014, young men made up only 23.2 percent and young women 29.7 percent.

    Men from 40 to 59 in the latest statistics made up 29.1 percent of male suicides and women in that age group 41.6 percent of female suicides, up from 22.3 percent to 32.1 percent a quarter-century ago.

    But the suicide rate has skyrocketed 2.6 times to 29.6 people per every 100,000.

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