“Nothing to be happy about”: Suicide themed calls from Czech seniors doubled last year

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Suicide themed phone calls among seniors rose twofold between the years 2021 and 2022, according to Czechia’s helpline for old age people Linka seniorů. I asked the head of the helpline, Dr Kateřina Bohatá, why this is the case.

“Our helpline, which is free of charge and anonymous, receives approximately one to two calls from seniors with suicidal thoughts every day.

“We see the increase in suicide-themed calls as a result of the long-term burden on society. After two years of the pandemic there followed the war in Ukraine and the economic crisis. They have all highlighted the difficulties that seniors face in their everyday life. Their burdens simply became unbearable.”

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Author: Thomas McEnchroe