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Men top suicide

Tevita Vuibau
Friday, January 03, 2014

MEN top suicide numbers for the second year in a row.

This worrying trend was revealed in suicide statistics kept by police for 2013.

According to the statistics there were 101 suicides in the country last year with men making up 73 of the deaths and woman the remaining 28.

Last year man also made up the majority of suicide cases with 80, almost two times more than women — 44.

Police 2013 statistics show men in the Western Division accounted for the highest number of suicide cases with 34.

The Southern, Eastern and Northern divisions recorded 21,12 and 6 cases respectively.

Of the 28 women — 14 were recorded in the Western Division, two in the East, seven in the North and five in the Southern Division.

But police statistics also showed there were more cases of attempted suicide in woman than men.

Woman accounted for 78 of the 131 cases while men accounted for the remaining 53 cases.

In another worrying trend there were 16 cases of suicide among children under the age of 16

There were 70 cases of suicide in people over 26 years old and 19 cases in those between the ages of 17 and 25.

There were 22 attempted suicide cases for children under 16 years and 60 cases between the ages of 17 and 25.