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Bali's Suicide Rates Decrease in 2009

Illness and Medical Costs Cited by Police as Main Reason Balinese Choose to End Their Lives.

(7/4/2009) The Jakarta Globe reports that the suicide rate in Bali, after increasing in 2008, has decreased by 44% during the first six months of 2009. Police report that 70 people committed suicide during the period of January-June 2008, with that the number decreasing to 39 during the same months in 2009.

Police authorities in Bali says that most cases of self-destruction are now linked to illness. A Bali police spokesman said 64% of the total who took their own lives did do because they were suffering from "unbearable illness." Bali's Chief of Police Ashikin Hussein told the press that, "in many cases, they cannot free themselves from illness because they cannot afford the cost of treatment."

In the latest macabre tally, two of the dead were students while the oldest was 80 years-old. The methods of self elimination ranged from hanging, poisoning, intentional drowning and self-inflicted wounds.

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