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Suicide among young women on the rise

Suicide among young Swedish women is on the rise, according to new data from Sweden’s National Board of Health and Welfare.

Overall, the number of people taking their own lives in Sweden has fallen, but suicide amony young women, aged between 15 and 24, is at its highest level since the 1970’s.

The authors of the report, which covers the years 2005 and 2006, say psychological problems of young adults are not taken sufficiently seriously.

The number of boys and young men committing suicide remains higher than female deaths, but the gap between the sexes has consistantly narrowed in recent years.

Among adults aged 25 and over, the suicide rate has halved in the past 20 years, with researchers suggesting improved treatments and medication being a primary cause for the fall.

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