Feb 06, 2017 Business & Finance Comments Off on Public urged to report erratic behavior after family tragedy
The health ministry is urging the public to keep a watchful eye on friends and neighbors whose misfortunes could turn to tragedy. The call came Monday, a day after a middle-aged man killed two of his children, and injured a third before committing suicide. In his suicide note, the man wrote of stock losses and a poor relationship with his wife.
According to the health ministry, every year there are between six and ten cases of adults committing suicide after killing their young children. Of those cases, 30% of the adults are thought to have had marital or relationship problems, and 20% financial difficulties, with around 20-30% suffering from a mental illness such as depression.
Health ministry official Chang Hsiu-yuan urged the public to report any erratic behavior to the authorities, saying that half of the cases show no outward signs of a problem, and occur in families not considered to be "high-risk."
"[Because] those cases are not already in our system, we have to rely on neighbors, relatives and friends to monitor for marital problems, financial woes or personal illnesses," said Chang.
The government has called on the health ministry to review its reporting system and find ways to prevent similar incidents from happening again.
Source: Radio Taiwan International
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