Work pressure, job uncertainty and financial problems are believed to be behind the growing number of suicides in the Czech Republic. According to the National Health Institute 1600 people took their own lives last year as compared to 1375 in 2007. The number of people getting treatment for depression is also on the rise. Psychiatrists report over 100,000 patients last year and say the number of people suffering from depression without getting treatment is likely to be six times higher. The number of depressions and suicides has always hit a peak at tumultuous times in the country’s history such as 1934 when the country was hit by an economic crisis or after the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia.
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