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A suicide primer and update (!?!!?)
According to the WHO, one person commits suicide every 40 seconds. The suicide rate has increased by 5-6% since the last two decades. Studies show that about 1.53 million people will die from suicides and 10-20 times more people will try to commit suicides worldwide in the near future. In Eastern Europe and a major part of Asia, suicide rates are found to be higher compared to the rest of the world, and even places such as Lithuania (42 suicides per 100,000 per year), Russia (38), Belarus (35), Kazakhstan (28), Hungary (27), Finland (20), Belgium (21) and Switzerland (18). Primary reasons for suicides are financial or personal problems; but in many industrialists countries like Japan, competition and stress have also been reasons for suicides. Countries like Denmark (13.6 suicides per 100,000), Germany (13.5), China (13.9), Australia(12.7), India (10.7) and Singapore (9.5) show medium suicide rates.
Even among genders, females are found to be more suicide prone than their male counterparts. In China, the suicide rate among men is 13 per 100,000 per year and that for women is 14.8. The reasons behind the higher rate of suicide by women are sexual violence, negligence, lack of growth opportunities and lack of access to health care. Countries such as Spain (8.2 suicides per 100,000), Israel (6.3), Brazil (4.1), Thailand (4), Iran (2), Kuwait (2) etc have a very low suicide rate due to strict laws and stable society. Interestingly, it is not true that the lowest suicide rate countries have the greatest number of happy people.
Though only 2% of Russians are happy, it has a lower suicide rate than Asian countries and even countries like Lithuania, where 10% people are ‘happy’. Countries like Belgium (reports 86% of happiness), Finland (83%), Switzerland (89%), France (84%) and Australia (90%) are relatively happier nations but they also experience a large number of suicide cases. Governments and global bodies need to work together to build more stable societies to prevent suicides. And yes, as one economist put it, it seems perhaps having pyramids might help too. And why is that? Oh, a country called Egypt now has a zero suicide rate! No wonder they even preserved the dead for hundreds of years!
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