SIX of the 23 policemen who have killed themselves in the past six years did so because of trouble with their love lives. Another 20 attempted suicide for the same reason. Eight, or 35 per cent, of the suicides and six, or 13.6 per cent, of the 44 attempted suicides were thought to have been related to financial problems, according to government statistics. In a paper submitted to the Legislative Council security panel, the Government revealed that the number of police officers seen by the force's two clinical psychologists jumped from 512 in 1990 to 788 last year. That represented an increase in counselling sessions from 629 in 1990 to 925 last year. The paper said: 'In view of the increase in workload and to further enhance the existing service, the police will be considering the need to increase the number of police clinical psychologists.' Although causes for suicides by police officers were often multiple, the Government believed the major reason was stress, the paper revealed. It said the force had taken measures to equip and support officers to cope with stress. Emphasis has also been placed on the importance of early identification of officers at risk.