The Top 5 Countries With the Highest Male Suicide Rates

  Country Male Suicide Rate Number of Suicides
% Change
(from 2000 to 2012)
1 Guyana 70.8 per 100,000 205 - 1.9%
2 Lithuania 51.0 per 100,000 830 - 35.6%
3 Sri Lanka 46.4 per 100,000 4,724 - 44.8%
4 Suriname 44.5 per 100,000 114 + 50.0%
5 Republic of Korea 41.7 per 100,000 12,153 + 104.6%
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  1. An estimated 804,000 suicide deaths occurred worldwide in 2012, representing an annual global age-standardized suicide rate of 11.4 per 100,000 population (15.0 for males and 8.0 for females). There are indications that for each adult who died of suicide there may have been more than 20 others attempting suicide. (a.)
  2. There are also differences in the sex ratio by age. There are many potential reasons for different suicide rates in men and women: gender equality issues, differences in socially acceptable methods of dealing with stress and conflict for men and women, availability of and preference for different means of suicide, availability and patterns of alcohol consumption, and differences in care-seeking rates for mental disorders between men and women. The very wide range in the sex ratios for suicide suggests that the relative importance of these different reasons varies greatly by country and region. (a.)
  3. In richer countries, three times as many men die of suicide than women, but in low- and middle-income countries the male-to-female ratio is much lower at 1.5 men to each woman. (a.)
  4. Globally, suicides account for 50% of all violent deaths in men and 71% in women. With regard to age, suicide rates are highest in persons aged 70 years or over for both men and women in almost all regions of the world. (a.)
  5. The ingestion of pesticide, hanging and firearms are among the most common methods of suicide globally, but many other methods are used with the choice of method often varying according to population group. (a.)
Top 5 facts sources:
  1. (a.) World Health Organization Report. (2014).: "Preventing Suicide: A Global Imperative."
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Sources:  World Health Organization (mental health division) Report: "Preventing Suicide: A Global Imperative."

List Notes: Data is the top 5 countries with the highest age standardized suicide rate (ASR) per 100,000 population for females for the year 2012 which is the latest available data as of May 2015. Percent change is from the years 2000 to 2012. Some data are estimates. Data are from In 172 WHO Member States with populations of 300,000 persons or more. These estimates represent the best estimates by the WHO for suicide data, computed using standard categories, definitions and methods to ensure cross-country comparability, and may not be the same as official national estimates. The estimates are rounded to the appropriate number of significant figures.
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