Increased number of suicide cases in Norway: report

Source: Xinhua| 2018-09-20 20:18:44|Editor: xuxin
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OSLO, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- While both Denmark and Sweden record less number of suicides among their citizens, the situation in Norway goes the opposite, newspaper Aftenposten reported Thursday.

Over one hundred people more took their lives in 2016 compared to 1980, the report said.

According to the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, in 2016 there were 614 suicides registered in Norway, a country of about five million people.

Norwegian authorities want to apply new standard in working environments in order to prevent suicides and are working on a new action plan, Aftenposten reported.

"We asked the government to have zero vision of suicides in it. In that case, a high goal can sharpen the measures and set a different standard to prevent suicides," said Kjersti Toppe, First Vice Chair of the Standing Committee on Health and Care Services in Norwegian parliament.

Toppe emphasized the urgent need to prevent suicides among people who have already searched for help from health institutions.

"I can hardly defend the fact that suicides occur almost daily, while patients are admitted in hospitals or undergo treatment in mental health care -- where people should feel safest," she said.

On the other hand, Norwegian authorities managed to decrease number of traffic fatalities by 95 percent from 1970 until 2017, according to the report.

"When it comes to suicides, the society should have equally high ambitions," said Terje Moe Gustavsen, director of the Norwegian Public Roads Administration.