Things are looking sunny in Liuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region where construction workers just welded nail-embedded boards to the arches of one of the main road bridges as to prevent people from climbing up and jumping off.
The city has seen an increase of suicide cases in recent years due in part to financial and emotional factors. China’s suicide rate, at 22.23 people per 100,000 is amongst the highest in the world, less than neighbor South Korea (31.7 per 100,000) but higher than Japan, where the rate is 21.7 people per 100,000.
In Shanghai, the majority of people seeking help from suicide prevention hotlines are either unemployed or white collar workers.
60 percent of the 1,600 calls to the Life Education and Crisis Intervention Centre were from these groups. Most callers used the hotline in the early morning or late at night and 70 percent were aged between 20 to 40. There were more female callers than male, and the majority of those seeking help were single.