What is the global occurrence of suicide?

Updated: Sep 25, 2018
  • Author: Stephen Soreff, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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Globally, a remarkable range in suicide rates exists. The highest rates for men are in Hungary and Finland. The United States is in the middle, and the lowest rates are in Greece, followed by Mexico and the Netherlands. Moreover, in certain cultures, suicide has been considered more acceptable than in others. For example, the Japanese culture often regarded suicide as an honorable solution to certain situations.

Remarkably, although suicide remains a major cause of death internationally, treatment of suicidal people around the world is quite lacking. Bruffaerts and colleagues used World Health Organization (WHO) data to conclude that most people with suicidal ideation and plans and who have made suicide attempts do not receive treatment. This finding extended across various different areas around the world, especially in low-income countries. [86]


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