The Top 5 Countries with the Highest Rates of Suicide Among Teenagers and young Adults

  Country Suicide Rate ages 15-29
(per 100,000)
1 India 35.5 (per 100,000)
2 Zimbabwe 30.9 (per 100,000)
3 Kazakhstan 30.8 (per 100,000)
4 Guyana 29.7 (per 100,000)
5 Suriname 28.2 (per 100,000)
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  1. 17.0% of students seriously considered attempting suicide in the previous 12 months (22.4% of females and 11.6% of males).
  2. Males take their own lives at nearly four times the rate of females and represent 77.9% of all suicides. Suicide is the seventh leading cause of death for males and the fourteenth leading cause for females in the United States.
  3. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among persons aged 10-14, the second among persons aged 15-34 years old.
  4. Firearms are the most commonly used method of suicide among males (56.9%), poisoning is the most common method of suicide for females (34.8%).
  5. Suicide is preventable! A number of prevention efforts are focused at detecting suicide warning signs. Signals that a young person may be contemplating suicide imminently include: Thinking or talking about or threatening suicide; seeking a way to kill oneself; increased substance abuse; feelings of purposelessness, anxiety, being trapped, or hopeless; withdrawing from people and activities; and expressing unusual anger, recklessness, or mood changes.
Top 5 facts sources:
  1. CDC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (2015): “"Suicide Facts at a Glance"."
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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 teenage/ adolescent suicide rate per 100,000 population for teenagers (and young adults) between the ages of 15 - 29 for the year 2012 which is the latest available data as of May 2016. Suicide data are from In 172 WHO Member States with populations of 300,000 persons or more. These estimates on teenage suicide 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.
Countries with the Highest Rates of Suicide Among Teenagers and young Adults

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