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100 children attempt suicide every year

More than 100 children in Greece attempt suicide each year, often after fighting with their parents or due to school-related problems, according to data released by the Hellenic Pediatric Society yesterday. Andreas Konstantopoulos, president of the society, said that a suitable medicine for such cases is improving the communication between the parents and their child. One way to do so is to engage the help of a child psychologist, he added, saying this also helps improve their grades and creates closer ties between family members. The 100 or so children who attempt to take their lives every year tend to be aged between 10-14. Those whose parents are divorcing are particularly vulnerable. Konstantopoulos added that pressure on children to prove their worth starts at school age, and said parents and teachers often transfer this stress on to the child.