What is the global incidence of depression and suicide?

Updated: Sep 02, 2020
  • Author: Louise B Andrew, MD, JD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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In 2005, 1.4% of all deaths worldwide were attributed to suicide. The real number is unknown, since underreporting is predictably significant. In Eastern Europe, 10 countries report more than 27 suicides per 100,000 persons. Latin American and Muslim countries report the lowest rates, with fewer than 6.5 cases per 100,000.  However, strong cultural prejudice and stigma resulting from depression or suicide attempts in many countries predicts that these figures are gross underestimates. 

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