Suicide rate drops among men and teens in the Netherlands

There was a significant drop in the number of men and teenagers committing suicide in the Netherlands last year, but a slight rise in the number of women ending their lives, the national statistics office CBS said on Tuesday.

In total, 1,176 men committed suicide, a drop of 10% on 2017. Among teenagers the number of suicide deaths fell from 81 in 2017 to 51. Slightly more women killed themselves, taking the national total to 1,829.

The reduction last year means the number of suicides is back at the 2012 level of 10.6 per 100,000. In the early 1980s the rate was as high as 14.5 per 100,000, the CBS said.

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