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Asians top list as debts, economic problems lead to spike in suicides

Pandemic blamed for psychological behavior

KUWAIT CITY, June 1: The number of suicide cases in the country increased this year compared to last year — a total of 75 cases since January 2021 while the number of cases registered in 2020 was 90, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting sources. Sources pointed out the number of suicide cases in the first five months of 2021 increased by 50 percent compared to the same period in 2020.

Sources said most of those who committed suicide are Asians, indicating the suicide rate started to increase with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Sources pointed out this hints on a direct link between the pandemic — particularly its psychological and economic effects — and the rising suicide rate, especially among the Asians. Head of Amal Ishraqa Center for Psychological and Social Counseling Dr Saad Al-Enezi confirmed the rise in suicide rate among Asians during the pandemic. He attributed the increase in mental disorder cases to the pandemic, taking into consideration its economic effects. He cited the accumulation of debts as the main reason for committing suicide. – By Munif Nayef, Marwa Al-Bahrawi Al-Seyassah, Arab Times Staff

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