Young Tunisians raid and loot a burnt appliance store in Ettadhamen city, west of the capital, Tunis, on January 22, 2016. AFP / Fethi Belaid
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Six years since a young Tunisian stallholder set himself on fire, triggering revolutions across the Arab world, his country's suicide rate is surging over economic and social woes, experts say.Last year, authorities recorded 365 suicides in a population of 11 million – around 3.27 per 100,000 people. Charfi said the continuous rise in recorded suicides was "a very serious matter".The committee she heads was set up in 2015 in response to warnings from experts that suicides were on the rise. Tunisia does not yet have a national suicide register.After Bouazizi's death, self-immolation became the second-most common method of suicide in Tunisia (15 percent of cases) after hanging (60 percent).Suicides usually have multiple causes, often including depression and other mental illnesses. Historically taboo, suicide has received growing coverage in the Tunisian media.
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