Two Caribbean countries in World’s Top Ten suicide list


Two Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries headed by Guyana have featured in the highest suicide in the world, according to figures released by the World Health Organization (WHO), Jamaica’s Observer reports.

Guyana has the highest estimated suicide rate for 2012 globally, and close by Suriname is the sixth highest on the WHO’s list.

However in the WHO Region of the Americas, estimated suicide rates are generally lower than in other regions, the organisation said.

It added that in low-income countries, elderly women have higher rates of suicide than their counterparts in high-income countries. In richer countries, three times as many men die by suicide than women.

Suicide by intentional pesticide ingestion is among the most common methods of suicide globally.

Countries with the highest suicide rates include Guyana, China, Republic of Korea, India, Suriname and Lithuania.

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