Suicide among Taiwanese youth
Taiwan’s Suicide Prevention Association says that in 2017, 193 young Taiwanese between 15 and 24 years old committed suicide.
Suicide is the second major cause of death among those 15-24 years old. The first major cause of death among them is accidental deaths.
The main causes are depression which constitutes 40%, relationship problems and family problems constitute about 30%, and maladjustment to school life constitutes 10%.
In 2018, there were 7,179 attempted suicide reports. In 2017, there were 4,905 such reports, showing an increase of 55.5%.
Two of the major contributing factors to teen and youth suicides are politics and education. Neither provide a correct outlook on life and emphasize the value of life. Youths cannot judge right from wrong, and ideological division has confused the Taiwanese youth’s outlook on life.
Taiwanese youth have a depressive outlook towards their own future on Taiwan. Many are going to the Chinese mainland to pursue their ambitions and life’s goals. This reflects the doom and gloom politics of Tsai Ing-wen and her Democratic Progressive Party’s regime.