India holds highest place in terms of suicide rate in the South-East Asian region

Meha Kumari
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  • 10 Sep, 2019 4:43 pm
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India has the highest suicide rate in the South-East Asian region, according to the World Health Organization’s latest report. The report released a day before World Suicide Prevention Day pegged India’s suicide rate at 16.5 suicides per 100,000 people. Sri Lanka stands second in the region with a suicide rate of 14.6 and Thailand (14.4) third. India also had the third-highest female suicide rate 14.7 in the world after Lesotho 24.4 and Republic of Korea 15.4. All the data pertains is of WHO estimates of 2016. Around 800,000 people commit suicide every year in the world, according to the WHO report. This is when suicide prevention features in one of the Sustainable Development Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

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