Employees of suicide prevention hotline 113 had more than 93 thousand conversations over the telephone or texts with suicidal people last year, almost three times as many as in 2016, according to figures Trouw requested from 113 Zelfmoordpreventie. The increase in calls to the suicide crisis helpline is not reflected in the number of suicides - over the past years around 1,800 people per year took their own lives in the Netherlands.
Problems with health care relatively often played a role in the suicide of young people between the ages of 10 and 20 years in 2017, according to a study performed on behalf of the Ministry of Public Health. Young people who took their own lives in that year also often struggled with bullying or having high expectations of themselves, the researchers found.
Freddy Janssen, a 51-year-old man whose body was found cut into pieces in a canal in Den Hout in 2016, was a criminal turned police informant, newspaper AD reports based on its own investigation. While his death is considered a suicide, sources within the Criminal Intelligence Team of the police fear that his relationship with the police resulted in him being killed, according to the newspaper.
Netherlands residents in their 20s and 30s are more conservative when it comes to issues like abortion and euthanasia than the generations before them, according to researchers at Tilburg University. That breaks the Netherlands' trend of becoming more and more progressive, the researchers conclude, AD reports.
For the second time in a few months someone tried in vain to reach the suicide prevention hotline in the Netherlands, and took his own life a short time afterwards. The man called 113, thinking that this is the helpline's number given that it is called 113 Zelfmoordpreventie. The actual number is 0900 0113.
Former PvdA Minister Ella Vogelaar died at age 69 on Monday, her family announced on Tuesday evening. "She has been suffering from depression for quite some time and has put an end to her life", the family said in a statement, according to NOS.
A young woman from Winschoten in the province of Groningen took her own life a week and a half ago after she tried and failed three times to reach the suicide prevention hotline 113 Zelfmoordpreventie. She called the number 1-1-3, as her psychologist told her, but that number does not exist. The actual number for the suicide prevention hotline is paid number 0900-0113, which costs five cents per minute.
The 47-year-old Dutch man wanted in connection with the strangulation of a young Romanian girl killed himself in a car wreck on Monday. Police in the East-Brabant district of the Netherlands confirm to NL Times that the man suspected by Romanian authorities drove his car into oncoming traffic, striking a lorry in a head-on collision.
A detainee took his own life in the police detention center on Mathildelaan in Eindhoven on Sunday. The police are investigating how this happened, the police said in a statement.
The man was found in his cell early on Sunday evening. Attempts to resuscitate him were to no avail. He died at the scene.
The man's relatives were informed of his death.
Detectives from the Den Bosch district and forensic investigators from the Zeeland-West-Brabant police unit are investigating how the man managed to take his own life while in police custody.
Last year over 153 thousand people died in the Netherlands. With nearly 47 thousand deaths, cancer remains the most common cause of death in the country, followed by cardiovascular disease which caused 25 percent of the deaths, Statistics Netherlands reported on Tuesday. 1 percent of last year's deaths were caused by flu.
Last year a total of 1,829 people in the Netherlands took their own life, a decrease of nearly five percent compared to the 1,917 people who died by suicide in 2017, Statistics Netherlands reported on Tuesday.
Of the people who died by suicide last year, 1,176 were men and 653 were women. The number of men ending their own lives has been around twice as high as that of women for years, according to the stats office. However, the number of suicides among men decreased by 10 percent last year, while the number among women increased slightly.
A group of 29 pupils from Vlijmen primary school De Vlechter had an intense time during a school camp in Son en Breugel this week. While playing a forest game on Monday, the pupils of groups 6, 7 and 8 found the body of someone who had taken their own life. A very intense experience, school director Dominique Habraken said to Eindhovens Dagblad.
For the second consecutive evening, a large crowd gathered to commemorate 15-year-old Marwan Benkodad on Wednesday. The teenager died in his home on Monday in an apparent suicide. He had been bullied by his classmates, NOS reports.
Last year there were around 30 incidents at Amsterdam student complexes where refugees and students live together, the Amsterdam office of mayor and alderman said in a report to the city council. The city is taking measures to reduce these incidents, Het Parool reports.
An explosion on a train in Nijmegen on Sunday, in which one man was killed, was caused by firework bombs that the victim took with him to take his own life, multiple independent sources told De Gelderlander.
One person was killed in an explosion on a passenger train car in Nijmegen on Sunday morning. There were no passengers on the train at the time, which was sitting idle in a rail yard at the time of the powerful blast, police said.
Witness accounts suggest that parts of the train came to rest dozens of meters away from the affected train car. Crime is not suspected in the incident, which took place around 9:45 a.m.
A man who was found dead in the Utrecht village of Wilnis on Wednesday, was acquitted in February of stalking a woman who was shot and killed in Mijdrecht on Tuesday night. The woman pressed charges against the 54-year-old man in September last year, accusing him of insulting and stalking her between May and September 2018, NOS reports.
A 54-year-old man from Zegveld was found dead along the roadside in the Utrecht village of Wilnis on Wednesday morning. He was identified as the stalker of a woman who was shot and killed in a home in the nearby Mijdrecht on Tuesday night, NOS reports.
The man's body was found on Amstelkade. According to the police, the man took his own life. The police are investigating whether the man was involved in the woman's death, and whether his suicide had anything to do with it.
A man was found dead at the bottom of an apartment building on Argostraat in Alphen aan den Rijn on Thursday morning. His 4-year-old daughter was with him. She was injured, the police said in a statement.
The police responded to the scene at around 6:30 a.m. after reports of a man and child lying at the bottom of the apartment building. Emergency services tried to resuscitate the man, but it was to no avail.
Last year 194 people took their own life by jumping in front of a train in the Netherlands, a decrease of 10 percent compared to the 215 such suicides in 2017. According to ProRail, this is the biggest decrease in a decade. The rail manager believes that preventative measures taken in cooperation with NS played a role in this, the Volkskrant reports.
A man the police found dead on Huntumdreef in Amsterdam Zuidoost on Monday night, took his own life. The police saw the man committing suicide while they were searching Maasdrielhof for suspects of a shooting that happened shortly before a kilometer away, Het Parool reports.
At around 8:15 p.m. a 50-year-old man was shot at a home on Maasdrielhof. The victim was taken to hospital and is not in life-threatening danger. Three suspects were seen fleeing the scene.
One of seven men accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl in Winschoten, took his own life, the court confirmed to Dagblad van het Noorden.
A 50-year-old man died in the Friesland village of Nieuwhorne on Thursday after he crashed into the wall of his own farmhouse while trying to flee from the police. The police responded to the farm after a report of someone trying to take their own life, NOS reports.
A man died on the A50 highway near Wolfheze during the early hours of Monday morning. The man survived a car crash, only to be hit by a truck after he got out of the wreck, he Telegraaf reports.
The man's car crashed into a guardrail at around 1:00 a.m. The car eventually came to a stop in the middle of the highway. Bystanders helped the man out of the car. The man then walked across the highway, and was run over by a truck. He died at the scene.
The highway in the direction of Arnhem was closed until 4:30 a.m.