The Czech Health Ministry has said that suicide is the third most common cause of death among children in the Czech Republic. According to the ministry the incidence of child suicide in the country is higher than the EU average. While the number of fatal injuries – the most frequent cause of death in children – has been decreasing, the number of suicides has not, Health Minister Leoš Heger said on Monday, calling the situation “alarming”. Every year, five to ten children under fifteen commit suicide in the Czech Republic. In the age bracket of 15 to 19 the number is about 40.