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Over 3,000 suicide cases in 2018

Hotlines 1926, 1333 for counselling:
Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA) President Dr. Anula Wijesundara
Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA) President Dr. Anula Wijesundara

Last year, a total of 3,200 Sri Lankans committed suicide while at least eight cases of suicide were reported daily, Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA) President Dr. Anula Wijesundara said.

Addressing a seminar and a workshop held at the SLMA Auditorium in Colombo yesterday to mark World Suicide Prevention Day 2019 which falls on September 10, she said that 15 persons per 100,000 committed suicide last year. Sri Lanka ranked in the 15th position in the world based on the suicide incidence.

According to Dr. Jayasundara, in 1995, Sri Lanka recorded the highest suicide rate in the world with a total of 8,449 cases of suicide, including at least 25 cases of suicide daily. In the same year, 47 persons in every 100,000 committed suicide.

“But still the situation in the country is not satisfactory because it is reported that there is one suicide for every 10 attempted suicides. The main reason for committing suicide is sadness and inability to face the challenges in life. The 1926 is a 24-hour, toll-free hotline which is available for the public to seek assistance when needed,” she added.

Chairperson of the Suicide Prevention Task Force Professor Samudra Kathriarachchi said the hotline is operated in all three languages by trained nurses and supervised by a consultant psychiatrist. The hotline 1333 also offers the same service.

“Most of the individuals who commit suicide belong to the age group between 21 to 25 and over 70 years. Male suicide rate in Sri Lanka is on the rise while female suicide rate is going down,” she said.

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