Jordan suicides at all-time high

Officials say deaths by suicide have risen 87 per cent in the past three years.

    The rate of suicide in Jordan has nearly doubled in the past three years.

    According to official figures, there has been an 87 per cent increase in deaths by suicide.

    This figure may be even higher as cultural norms and the fact that suicide is forbidden in Islam, cause many families to hide the real cause of death.

    Rising unemployment, an increasing gap between the rich and the poor and the social stigma of psychological disorder are said to be behind the wave of suicides.

    But Jordanian authorities refuse to admit that the situation has reached crisis point and this troubles social researchers who believe suicide has long been a neglected area of study.

    Al Jazeera's Nisreen El-Shamayleh reports from Jordan.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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