Suicide Tolls

Broken Down by Country

The World Health Organization conducted an extensive investigation into global suicide statistics in 2012 and estimated that, worldwide, there were 804,000 recorded suicide deaths, 75 percent of which occurred in low- or middle-income countries.1 Moreover, many suicides are not recorded, either because of stigma or because the country has a poor record-keeping infrastructure.2

The countries with the highest incidence of suicide were: Guyana (1), South Korea (2), Sri Lanka (3), Lithuania (4), Suriname (5). Other notable countries include: India (11), Russia, (14), Japan (17)

The U.S. stood at number 50. Syria and Saudi Arabia were last on the list, but Syria's...


has an M.S. in chemistry from the University of Texas at Dallas, and an M.A. in bioethics from Trinity International University. She resides in Dallas and currently works as a freelance science writer and educator.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #39, Winter 2016 Copyright © 2024 Salvo |


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