Dublin, June 19: One in 5 Irish children aged 11-15 years experience two or more psychological symptoms. They either face sleeping difficulties or feel low or nervous all the time. This has been found by the UNICEF while they studied the children in the country. Ireland’s teenage suicide rate has been listed as fourth-highest amongst the high-income countries.
The report also reveals that 1 out of 10,000 15-19 year olds will die by attempting suicide. Boys are three times more prone than the girls to attempt suicide. Girls usually attempt suicide twice as often as boys and use less lethal methods than boys. Ireland ranks 22nd of the 41 countries on health and well-being.
However, the other report of Ireland shows a significant downfall in the drinking habits. There is a fall in the adolescence drunkenness in Ireland, UK and Spain. Just 4.8 per cent of Irish 11 to 15-year-olds reported having been drunk in the previous month – one of the lowest rates in the OECD – compared with more than 12 per cent in 2010.
Unicef Ireland’s chief executive, Peter Power, described the report as a “wake-up call” for Ireland. “Despite economic recovery and the idea that the consequent rising tide will benefit everyone, it is clear children are experiencing real and substantial inequality and we risk leaving them behind. Services are inadequate in several areas and policy change is badly needed.”