People in deprived areas in Northern Ireland are three times more likely to take their lives, Health Minister Edwin Poots has said.
“In 2010 and 2011, over 600 people took their own lives – this is a startlingly high figure,” Mr Poots said.
300 people per year for a population of 1.8 Million.
Foxconn had 1.2 million employees in 2011. In 2010, when they had 930,000 employees, their worst year to date, 14 employees committed suicide. That’s 28 people per population of 1.8 million.
The national suicide rate in China is 20 deaths per 100,000 people. That’s 360 per 1.8 Million people. Pretty comparable to Northern Ireland.
What does it say about Northern Ireland when just living here means you’re ten times more likely to commit suicide than the harassed workers in a Chinese technology sweatshop?