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When Paradise is Not Enough

48 Bali Residents Take Their Own Life January –June 2011

(6/19/2011) Bali Post reports that suicide rates in Bali remain high, with 48 Balinese dying at their own hand between January 1 to June 2011.

The face of suicide in Bali reveals:

• 83% of all suicides thus far in 2011 were by hanging.

• Of the 48 who committed suicide: 9 were from the capital of Denpasar; 7 from Buleleng in North Bali; 3 from Tabanan; 1 from Gianyar; 2 from Klungkung; 8 from Bangli; 7 from Karangasem; 7 from Badung; and 4 from Jembrana.

• After hanging, the second most preferred form of self-annihilation was by drinking acid followed by drowning in lakes or wells.

• Authorities blame prolonged states of depression due to chronic illness or economic difficulties as the motivation for most suicides

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