Some 185 people in Cyprus took their own lives between 2009 and 2013, according to figures published on Sunday, citing health services data.
If the figures are accurate they translate into three suicides a month on average over the five-year period.
The data was reportedly provided by the health monitoring unit in response to a question tabled to parliament by Green Party leader Giorgos Perdikis, according to Phileleftheros which published them.
The causes of the suicides were not provided but financial problems are believed to have played a big part in the number during the particular period given that the highest number over the five-year span – 45 – occurred in 2013 when the economy hit rock bottom.
Of the total 185 recorded cases, the report said, 157 were men and 28 were women.
In 2009 there were 33 suicides – 26 men and 7 women. In 2010 the figure was 38 (30 men and 8 women), in 2011 the total was 31 (26 men and 5 women), in 2012, it was again 38 – (35 men and 3 women), and 2013 the total of 45 consisted of 40 men and 5 women.
An analysis by age group showed that the largest proportion of deaths were in the 20-49 age group.
Nine suicides were recorded among people aged 15-19 years, 21 among 20-24 year-olds, 16 among 25-29 year-olds, 17 in the 30-34 aged group, 20 in the 35-39 age group, 20 among 40-44 year-olds, 19 among 45-49 year-olds, 13 in the 50-54 age category, 13 among 55-59 year-olds, 11 among 60-64 year-olds, 6 in the 65-69 age bracket, 7 among 70-74 year-olds, 4 in the 75-79 age group, 6 in the 80-84 age group and 3 among those 84 and over.
Quoting Health Minister Giorgos Pamporidis, the paper said there was help and support available to those who felt suicidal. Regarding the measures taken to prevent suicide, it added the minister said there were also preventive programs withi the mental health services at a community level.