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South Korea's youth suicide rate falls slightly

Published on Jul 14, 2014 1:45 PM

SEOUL (AFP) - The suicide rate among young South Koreans dipped slightly in 2012, government data showed on Monday, offering some encouragement to official efforts to address a long-standing problem in Asia's fourth-largest economy.

State-run Statistics Korea said the number of suicides per 100,000 South Koreans aged 15 to 24 stood at 11.4 in 2012, compared to 13 in 2011.

Suicide has been the leading cause of death among the age group since the mid-2000s, surpassing traffic accidents that caused 6.8 deaths per 100,000 in 2012.

The government has taken various measures to reduce the suicide rate, setting up hotlines, providing counselling and installing anti-suicide monitors on bridges.

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