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With suicide behind nearly half of all deaths for those in their 20s, the government appealed Tuesday in a white paper for assistance to be ramped up for young people struggling with employment and other problems.

The 2013 white paper on suicide, adopted at a Cabinet meeting Tuesday, said 27,858 people committed suicide last year, down 2,793 from the previous year and below 30,000 for the first time in 15 years. The report cited National Police Agency data.

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