Russian investigators alarmed by rising child suicide rates

The Russian Investigative Committee plans to propose measures to respond to growing suicide rates among underage children in the country.


"The central office of the Russian Investigative Committee has summed up the results from the analysis of reports addressing underage children's suicides for the period from 2010 to the end of the first half of 2012. A total of 798 suicides by underage children were registered on Russian territory in 2012, 896 in 2011, and 532 in the first six months of 2012," the committee said in a press release seen by Interfax on Tuesday.


Criminal investigations were started into situations in which underage citizens were allegedly driven to suicide, it said.


"The Investigative Committee plans to help develop an efficient system of suicide prevention among underage children," it said.


This analysis has shown that a majority of the children who committed suicide "required both the attention of a youth counselor and psychiatric care, as well as intervention in their lives by juvenile crime prevention authorities and agencies countering crimes against underage children because their families were in a dire life situation or a socially dangerous situation," the committee said.


"Apart from that, specialists from the healthcare system and other services failed to correctly assess the morale of children who subsequently committed suicide. On frequent occasions, the assistance given to them did not match the actual situation," it said. 

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