Countries with the highest suicide mortality rates worldwide 2016

Leading 20 countries based on suicide mortality rate in 2016 (per 100 000 population)

by John Elflein, last edited Aug 23, 2019
Countries with the highest suicide mortality rates worldwide 2016 The countries with the highest suicide mortality rate worldwide include Lithuania, Russia, Guyana, and South Korea. Suicide rates of men are much higher than among women in many countries. Unsurprisingly, Lithuania, the country with the highest overall suicide rate, has the highest suicide rate for men. However, South Korea reports the highest suicide rate for women, with a significantly higher rate than Japan, the country with the second highest rate for women.
In the United States

Although the United States is not among the countries with the highest suicide mortality rate, suicide is still one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. As with other countries, the suicide rate among males in the U.S. is much higher than among females. The age group with the highest rate of suicide is those aged 45 to 64 years, followed by 25 to 44-year-olds. The states with the highest suicide rates include Montana, Alaska, Wyoming, and New Mexico.

Risk factors and help

Major risk factors for suicide include mental health issues and substance abuse problems, however, it can be difficult to predict who is at risk. Warning signs such as talking about wanting to die, expressing feelings of depression, suicidal ideation, and abusing drugs or alcohol should be taken seriously and help should be sought as soon as possible. Suicide hotlines exist in many countries around the world and one should not hesitate to discuss such issues and feelings with a health care provider.
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Leading 20 countries based on suicide mortality rate in 2016 (per 100 000 population)

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