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Finland battles high suicide rate

Found this on Aljazeera.Net:

"The mightiest enemy of the Finns is the gloom, the sadness, the bottomless apathy... The grip of depression is so firm that many Finns see death as their only salvation."

Alaska has a similar suicide rate.

Health officials point the finger at depression and alcohol abuse as the main factors in most suicides, but locals say life in a country where the thick of winter brings seemingly
never-ending darkness to some regions, also takes its toll.

"I've often thought about the climate here, that Finns and Swedes, at least in the northern parts, live on the brink of civilisation," said Jorn Donner, a prolific writer, director and former Finnish member of the European Parliament.

"Most suicides do happen in spring, after waiting out the long winter," he added.

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December 11, 2003 in alaska, bummer, stress, the north | Permalink