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Swedish Suicide Alarms Jump

Published fredag 24 juli 2009 kl 14.33

More people are sounding the alarm for possible suicide attempts, according Swedish Radio News. Calls to Sweden’s SOS phone number 112 have increased by 30% since last year.

In May and June this year, more than 2700 suicide help calls were placed. Police in the counties of Skåne and Blekinge in southern Sweden, for example, have responded to more than 200 suspected suicide attempts since May 1. Many of them have been teenage men and women.

"It’s hard to be a young person today," policeman Hans Nilsson said to Swedish Radio News on Friday.

In most cases, the police arrive in time to stop the suicide attempt after a SOS call is placed.

The increase may be due to increased awareness of the possibility of calling the emergency number in suicidal situations.

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