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Suicide is the second-most-common cause of death among males aged 15 to 24 and
the third-most-common cause among their female counterparts and men aged 25 to
44. The Health Ministry released these and other statistics on Monday before
plenary and committee session on preventing suicides to be held on
According to the figures, there were 404 suicides in 2009 and
354 in 2010 compared to 425 deaths in 2005, thus the number of suicides has been
in the decline in the last five years and stable during the previous
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Although the rate is relatively high among teens and young
adults, the rate is higher among the elderly 75 years and older.
suicide rate is higher among recent immigrants due to their stresses and
possibly loneliness. Since the beginning of the 21st century, a third of
suicides in this country were of new immigrants, and a quarter of those came
since 1990 from the former Soviet Union and between 3% and 8% of Ethiopian
Jewish immigrants who arrived since 1980.
In 2009, of the 120 suicides by
former immigrants aged 15 years and above, 99 were from the former Soviet Union
and 14 from Ethiopia. The suicide rate in divorced people aged 25 to 44 was
significantly higher than in married women and men.