Vietnam News , a national government-sponsored newspaper, published a feature this week about the intense stress facing today’s Vietnamese youth, an alarming number of whom are resorting to suicide attempts. One hospital reports treating nearly 2,000 people younger than 26 for psychological problems this year.
A government survey finds 4% of young people had suicidal thoughts or attempted suicide in 2010, double the percentage in 2006. More than 7% said they harm themselves because of stress, and 21% said they have no hope. Females are twice as likely as males to attempt suicide, usually by ingesting sleeping pills, rat poison or pesticide.
Among the many causes for the increasing stress are Vietnam’s stalled economy and culture clashes as the country strives for a broader global presence.
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