Russian Teens Have Family Problems

Russia has a high rate of alcohol consumption and resulting health problems, including adolescent alcoholism. The rate of teenage suicides is three times the world average (an average of 1,500 a year) and failed attempts may result in being committed to a psychiatric hospital (only Kazakhstan and Belarus have higher rates).  Girls are more likely to commit suicide than boys and suicides are likely to occur during exams and holidays, but the major cause of suicide is family problems. Yet few support centers exist.
Alexandra Odynova, “Teen Suicide Rate Ranks 3rd Highest,” The Moscow Times, December 1, 2011.


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