Guyana, a mostly rural nation in the northeastern tip of South America with a population of over 740,000, has the highest suicide rate in the world—four times higher than the average for all countries. More than 44 out of every 100,000 Guyanese appear to die by suicide each year due to a mix of severe rural poverty, alcoholism, and easy availability to poisonous pesticides.
Although Guyana is infamous for the ceremonial mass murder-suicide that claimed 909 lives in 1978, death cults have nothing to do with the present suicide rate.
For Lithuania, which routinely reports high levels of sorrow, such rankings are nothing new. According to the World Health Organization, the former Soviet state had the highest suicide rate in 2016 (31.9 per 100,000 men and women). Additionally, at 58.1 suicide deaths per 100,000 people in Lithuania, men are more likely than women to commit suicide.
Women, on the other hand, die 9.5 times for every 100,000 persons. According to local media, 749 people in Lithuania died for this reason in only 2017 alone.
According to World Health Organization data, Russia had the second-highest rate of suicide, and it had depression levels that were higher than average for the region. In Russia, there were 31 suicides for every 100,000 people. In Russia, suicide occurs more frequently in men than in women, with a prevalence of 55.9 fatalities per 100,000 persons.
Women reported a rate of 9.4 deaths per 100,000 people at the same time. Suicide has a variety of factors, such as access to deadly weapons and drunkenness.
4. South Korea:
According to data from the World Health Organization, South Korea had the fourth-highest suicide rate. In 2016, the tiny East Asian nation reported 26.9 suicides for both sexes per 100,000 inhabitants. With a rate of 38.4 deaths per 100,000 persons, men have a larger chance of dying by suicide than women, who recorded a rate of 15.4 deaths per 100,000.
Suicide in Korea has many different causes, but it is typically brought on by stress and is increasingly impacting older people and adolescents.
According to the World Health Organization figures, Suriname came in sixth. The South American nation reported 22.8 suicides per 100,000 inhabitants overall. Men are considerably more likely to commit suicide, with 34.7 deaths per 100,000 persons, compared to 10.9 fatalities per 100,000 for women.
Suicide is associated with factors including poverty, domestic violence, and alcohol misuse, with minors being seen as an especially vulnerable group.
The World Health Organization placed Kazakhstan sixth. In 2016, the Central Asian nation recorded 22.5 suicides for every 100,000 residents, including both men and women. Men are more likely to die by suicide than women, with a rate of 38.3 deaths per 100,000 persons compared to 7.6 deaths per 100,000 for women.
The fact that Kazakhstan has high rates of suicide raises concerns even more given that these rates are purportedly correlated with high levels of worry among the younger population and family and school issues.
The WHO reports that suicide rates among men were higher than those among women in 2016, with 46.9 fatalities per 100,000 persons. 8.2 fatalities per 100,000 deaths were claimed to be caused by women. High rates of despair and alcoholism are among the factors that contribute to suicide in Belarus.
According to the WHO data, Ukraine was ranked seventh. There were 22.4 suicides per 100,000 inhabitants in the nation in Eastern Europe, including both men and women. In Ukraine, males are more likely to die by suicide than women, with a rate of 41.1 fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants compared to 6.3 for women.
According to data from the World Health Organization, Latvia had the ninth-highest rate of suicide. For the whole population, the Baltic nation reported 21.2 suicides per 100,000 inhabitants. In Latvia, males are more likely to die by suicide, with a rate of 37.6 fatalities per 100,000 persons, compared to women’s rate of 7.3 per 100,000.
Men choosing suicide in rural locations is a specific problem in Latvia, as are the difficulties in gathering and analyzing statistics for both rural and urban areas.
According to the latest recent statistics from the WHO, Lesotho placed 10th. The nation in southern Africa reported 21.2 suicides per 100,000 inhabitants overall. Additionally, Lesotho is the only nation in the top 10 to record greater suicide rates among women (24.4 fatalities per 100,000, compared to 17.8 per 100,000 for males).
The WHO states that Lesotho does not have a legally recognized mental health policy or plan in place.
10. Mozambique: Approximately 27 out of every 100,000 residents of Mozambique, a country in Southeast Africa with an area of over 800,000 square kilometers (310,000 square miles), choose suicide. The Mozambican population has one of the lowest life expectancies in the world due to inadequate medical treatment.
The country has an exceptionally high suicide rate of around 3,000 per year, which is significantly exacerbated by HIV/AIDS and other ailments.
Suicide affects people of all races, ethnicities, faiths, genders, and socioeconomic groups worldwide. Other intrinsic variables, such as mental illnesses and birth anomalies, might increase a person’s predisposition to suffer from depression, whether as a one-off episode or a chronic condition. Countries must address a number of widespread underlying issues that together increase the likelihood that someone may choose suicide as an outlet in order to reduce the incidence of suicide-related deaths.