No serious thought to preventing suicides in Serbia
A clinical psychologist told N1 on Tuesday that up to 1,300 people commit suicide in Serbia every year and warned that no one is giving serious thought to mental health in the country.
“The problem is that we attach importance to numbers. The number is between 1,100 and 1,300 a year. When you say that, it does not mean anything but when you say that this is more than the number of traffic accidents, you can say Wow, but nothing is being done about it,” clinical psychologist >> Pročitaj celu vest na sajtu N1 televizija << Branka Kordic said.
She said the number of suicides is fairly even from year to year but that there are periods of the year when the number is higher. “It isn’t the climate, whether it’s cold or hot, but the time which marks a certain period. The end of the year, settling accounts,” she said.
Kordic said another problem is the fact that attempted suicides are not registered. “That is a huge problem because attempts are a warning sign,” she said.
Kordic warned that there were no crisis centres to help potential suicides. “When we had an SOS line, the number of calls would drop in summer because people could come together. The number of suicides rose in July because that was a time for holidays when families got together and faced their misery and the lack of money was less a problem than a lack of understanding,” she said.
She also warned that little was being done to teach children social skills and how to control their feelings.