Government on alert as suicide season approaches


TAIPEI — Each year, Taiwan sees an increase in suicides between May and September.

The Department of Health (DOH) said yesterday that the days immediately before and after June’s Dragon Boat Festival and September’s Moon Festival, which are traditionally occasions for family gatherings, are the times when depression hits people most severely.

At a Cabinet meeting, the DOH briefed the premier and other Cabinet officials on government efforts to promote psychological health and prevent suicides.