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Suicides up as Stockholm nears summer peak

Published lördag 13 juli 2013 kl 11.49
60 percent of suicide attempts from Stockholm bridges can be linked to Västerbron, which connects the island of Södermalm with Kungsholmen. Photo: Scanpix

Suicides reports by police are up in Stockholm, where the number of cases have increased by a hundred from the same period last year to just under 2,000, reports newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

Police spokesperson Albin Näverberg tells the paper that suicides in Stockholm are especially common where there are high bridges and major roads.

Since 2012, one side of the major bridge Västerbron in central Stockholm is equipped with high fences to prevent suicides. The city is now in the process of fencing the other side of the bridge. Over half of all suicide attempts from bridges in Stockholm can be linked to Västerbron.

"It's quite calm until May, then we see a sudden increase. Why that is leads us to speculation, but it could be that people are outside more. Alcohol is often involved, people do stupid things after drinking," says Conny Söderberg with the Stockholm fire brigade, whose suicide alarms double during the summer months.

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