After success in three cities, new suicide prevention program could expand nationwide

06.12.2011                      10.Kislev. 5772                       Gebet für Regen

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After success in three cities, new suicide prevention program could expand nationwide

Suicide is less prevalent in Israel than in some European countries, but more Israelis commit suicide in a typical year than are killed in traffic accidents.

A three-city pilot program to reduce the number of suicides appears to be on its way to nationwide expansion, and it could end up enlisting the help of taxi drivers and hairdressers. Under the pilot program, which lasted nearly two years, the number of suicides dropped from a combined tally of 17 in Ramle and Rehovot last year to five this year. There have been no suicides in Kafr Kana since 2010, although there were two suicides per year between 2006 and 2009.
Suicide is less prevalent in Israel than in some European countries – 9.6 men and 3.5 women per 100,000 people take their lives every year in Israel, compared with a high of 51.7 men in Russia and 9.2 women in Hungary. But more Israelis commit suicide in a typical year than are killed in traffic accidents….