Most teens happy but suicide danger lingers

The majority of Greek teenagers are happy with their day-to-day lives and communicate well with their parents, however, more than one in 10 said that they have made an attempt at taking their own lives, according to a study made public yesterday. The survey, conducted by the University Research Institute of Mental Health (EPIPSI), questioned 11- to 18-year-olds, and found that nine in 10 were satisfied with their lives. In contrast to this figure, 15.3 percent said that they have made a suicide attempt. More than half of the 15-year-olds polled replied that they have felt unwell in the last few months, possibly due to psychosomatic reasons. Greek teenagers also watch less television than their peers in other countries but spend more time on the phone with their friends, the study showed.

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