Suicide rates shockingly high in Poland

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More Poles commit suicide than die in road accidents, a new report suggests.

According to statistics by Polish police, a Pole takes his or her own life every 47 minutes.

Last year more than 5,000 people killed themselves, with over 10,000 attempted suicides over the same period.

Statistics show that 80 percent of the reported cases involved men.

Poland ranks third among EU Member States in terms of suicide numbers.

Last year, 2,810 people died due to road accidents in Poland.

It is estimated that 60-90 percent of people who attempt suicide suffer from psychological issues, with depression being the most likely cause.

Łukasz Święcicki, Professor of the Warsaw Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology, said that experts “do not possess enough general data”.

He added that the Polish Statistical Office (GUS) and police release varying statistics, with a discrepancy as high as 30-percent.

“We would like to get to the root of what leads to suicide – its most common reasons, but we do not have enough data,” Professor Święcicki said.

He added that prevention is better than simply studying the statistics after the fact.

There are good treatments and prevention of depression which cause suicide rates to drop.