Role of alcohol in suicides must be accepted and addressed
Suicide remains a national health problem, despite the latest analysis of data showing that rates have stabilised. The rates among men aged 20-29 years and 40-49 years are still high. And for women the risks are worst during their 50s.
The series of newly published reports provide more insights into the tragic toll of suicide as well as self-harm.
We learn that unemployed men who worked in the construction or production sector are a risk. But unemployment on its own is rarely the only issue. It is often combined with underlying problems such as alcohol, drug abuse or depression.