Police in Dedza have recorded 22 suicide cases in 2016 from 13 in 2015 representing 69 percent increment.
The police have attributed the increase to bad drinking habits which leads to poor reasoning.
Speaking in an interview Wednesday, Dedza deputy police spokesperson Cassim Manda said out of the 22, 20 were males and two were females.
He said statistics have shown an increase in the area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Kamenyagwaza followed by Kachere.
According to Manda, on Christmas day alone, the district registered two suicide cases.
“The two incidents occurred at William and Chakachadza villages in the area of T/A Kachere. Both of the deceased had misunderstandings with their family members before hanging themselves,” he said.
He said post-mortem results for both bodies conducted at Dedza District Hospital indicated that they died due to strangulation.
The deputy police spokesperson has since advised the general public to drink responsibly and report [such] issues to police victim support unit for counselling to avoid such incidents.
He however said despite the increase in suicide cases, the district has registered a decrease in general crimes and traffic accidents.