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Värmland battles Sweden's highest suicide rate

Published torsdag 2 augusti 2012 kl 20.35

Suicide rates vary considerably across Sweden. Värmland county, in the western part of central Sweden, fares the worst.

For every 100,000 residents, 16 committed suicide in Värmland last year. Swedish Television reports that the rate was almost as high in Jämtland county, in southern Norrland.

Stockholm had the lowest rate at 9.8 suicides per 100,000 inhabitants.

The situation is so dire in Värmland that the authorities are trying to find new ways to help suicidal individuals before they attempt to kill themselves. As soon as a would-be-suicide attempt is spotted and reported to the police, they also alert emergency services who in many cases are able to reach the individual faster.

Employees at emergency services have also been trained in how to talk with people who are threatening to kill themselves.

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