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Norway: Suicide attempt rising among youngsters

Posted by African Press International on February 6, 2007


*”Over a recent ten year period the number of young girls who have attempted suicide in Norway has risen nearly 30 percent.

This trend was uncovered by a study, Young in Norway, carried out by Norwegian Social Research (NOVA) studied the time period 1992-2002 and concluded that psychological problems are growing worse.

“I can say with my hand on my heart that this was a surprise. I would not have believed there were so many suffering,” Professor Lars Wichstrøm of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) told newspaper Dagsavisen.

He believes the increase in suicide attempts among girls can be linked to increased substance abuse, particularly alcohol, conflicts while under the influence and serious arguments with parents.

Heidi-Wibeke Bakkland of Young Mental Health sees alternative explanations, such as prestige at school and among friends as concerns that can wear down a young person mentally.

“You must have the right clothes, a lot of friends and top grades. You should be something. I think the young need to have more information about mental health,” Bakkland said.

Research in several European countries indicates that Norway is not alone in witnessing an increase in the young committing suicide attempts.

NOVA also found a marked increase in the number of youth with depressive symptoms, especially boys. Twice as many boys were depressed in 2002 compared to 1992.

Substance abuse, weight problems, and dissatisfaction with appearance can be contributing factors, Wichstrøm believes.”*


*”/”*Lifted by Korir and published by African Press in Norway, apn,, tel +47 932 99 739 or +47 6300 2525, source.aftenpostenENG


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