Half a million people in Switzerland think of suicide 2

Half a million people in Switzerland think of suicide

541,000 people in Switzerland have been contemplating suicide in the last two weeks. 200,000 have already tried, 33,000 in the last 12 months. Since 2012, the proportion of people with suicidal thoughts has increased from 6.4 percent to 7.8 percent.

Each year, about 1000 people are killed in Switzerland. They try it about 32 times more each year. And think about half a million citizens. (Image: Keystone / ALESSANDRO DELLA VALLE)

Each year, about 1000 people are killed in Switzerland. They try it about 32 times more each year. And think about half a million citizens. (Image: Keystone / ALESSANDRO DELLA VALLE)

(SDA)

And the number of unreported cases is likely to be large for two reasons: First, statistics from the Swiss Health Observatory (Obsan) based on data from the Swiss Health Survey (SGB 2017), and in surveys, information is often shameful. And second, some particularly vulnerable groups are not covered, as Obsan reported Tuesday: prisoners from prisons and psychiatric clinics and from asylum centers, for example.

The motivations for ending his life are not surprising: illness, loneliness, lack of personal resources (confidence) and unemployment. 69.1 percent of people with complacent thoughts suffer from moderate to severe depressive symptoms, 9 times more than people without suicidal thoughts.

Nearly 50 percent of Moody suffers from severe physical ailments. People without suicidal thoughts only suffer about one-fifth of severe health problems. One of the major movements in life reasons is loneliness. 21.3 percent of people with suicidal thoughts feel alone and neglected, 6 times more than not suicidal.

19.5 percent of tired people in the broadest sense suffer from a lack of confidence – 3.5 times more than among suicides. Of the unemployed population, 1.5 percent have attempted suicide in the last 12 months. The share of employees was 0.4 percent, or 3.75 times lower.

Medieval residents are less tired than life

Gender and age are not important in statistics. And there are no tendencies of separation in the region – except in central Switzerland: people think less about suicide than anywhere in Switzerland. The rest of the qualifications are to be expected: educated people are less tired of life than people who have completed only compulsory education. And in the country you rarely see completely black than in the city.

25.5 percent of respondents with suicidal ideation were treated for mental health problems in the last 12 months before the survey. For others, it was only 4.2 percent. Particularly regrettable: 15 percent of respondents who tried to end their lives in the 12 months leading the survey did not discuss this with anyone before and after.

According to extrapolation, in 2017, Obsan made 32 suicide attempts for each suicide. The "strike rate" was higher if euthanasia was counted: It was 1:17 then.

More smokers than alcoholics are desperate

Amazing detail: alcoholics are not as heartbroken as they think. According to Obsano's analysis, people who have already tried to commit suicide are less likely to consume alcohol on a daily basis than non-suicidal people. To this end, tired people smoke more often than others – 27.1 percent inflate 17.8 invulnerable.