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104 suicides, 388 attempted suicides in Jordan in 2017

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The number of suicide cases recorded in Jordan has reached 104 during the first nine months of 2017, compared to 120 cases registered in 2016.

The Criminal Information Administration of the Public Security Department (PSD) said that there have been 388 cases of attempted suicide cases this year compared to 486 last year.

According to the released figures the suicide cases were higher among the age group 18 and 27 years. Males made up the highest number of suicides whilst females made up the highest number of attempted suicides.

During the workshop organised by PSD the director, Major General Ahmed Sarhan Al-Faqih, announced that a hotline would be opened to provide support for people who felt suicidal and were suffering from psychological and social problems.

The head of the National Council for Family Affairs – who also helped organise the workshop – Fadel Al-Hamoud said that his organisation has set up 11 centres for family guidance across the Kingdom as well as a centre for guidance and student empowerment at the German-Jordanian University.

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The highest rates of suicide and attempted suicide were recorded in the capital, Amman where there were 38 cases compared to 28 cases in the central region, 17 cases in the north and 13 cases in the south.

The majority of the suicide cases were of Jordanian nationality, followed by Syrians.

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