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Introduction

Paul S.F. Yip

in Suicide in Asia

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9789622099425
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207431 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622099425.003.0001
Introduction

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Suicide has become a major public health issue throughout the world. Over a million people kill themselves every year, and more than half of these cases occur in Asia. Suicide is especially a major concern in Asia due to its huge population and the relatively high suicide rate in the region compared to that in Western countries. Japan and South Korea both have a high suicide rate (about 25 per 100,000), Thailand has a relatively low rate (7 per 100,000), and Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, and Singapore are somewhere in between (15–18 per 100,000). In response to the growing concern, this book provides an informative account of suicide in some Asian countries/societies to arouse more awareness of suicide in Asia so that more research and prevention efforts can be carried out.

Keywords: suicide; Asia; Japan; South Korea; Thailand; Taiwan; China; Hong Kong; Singapore

Chapter.  2365 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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