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Suicide rate in Italy jumps by 40% in first three months

Study says largest amount reported in northeast

04 June, 17:33
Suicide rate in Italy jumps by 40% in first three months (ANSA) - Rome, June 4 - The suicide rate in Italy jumped by 40% in the first quarter of this year compared with the same period in 2012, according to a human-rights report released Tuesday.

In almost half of these suicides, the "precarious" economic situation was cited as a cause, and loss of employment was named in 28.1%, said the Report on Global Rights 2013. It found that fully 121 people were reported dead by their own hand in the 15-month period that began in January 2012 and continued through the first three months of this year. That includes 89 in all of 2012, and 32 in the first three months of this year, said researcher Sergio Segio.

The largest group of suicides - 30% - occurred in Italy's northeast areas, followed by almost 26% in the centre and 14.6% in the south.

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