Assumed male suicide rate vs. reality in select countries worldwide as of 2017

This statistic is based on a survey by Ipsos MORI and shows the difference between the actual percentage of deaths among men and boys aged 15 to 24 years that were suicide and what survey respondents guessed in select countries worldwide as of 2017. It was found that respondents in the U.S. on average guessed that 24 out of every 100 deaths among men aged 15 to 24 years were suicide, when in reality the number was 19.3 out of every 100.

Difference between the actual percentage of deaths among men aged 15 to 24 that were suicide and what respondents believed as of 2017

Average guessActual rates
Japan 27%47.1%
New Zealand 29%41.5%
Hong Kong14%38.4%
Australia 30%35.3%
South Korea 13%34.1%
Denmark 15%30.1%
Great Britain 25%28.4%
Poland 15%28.2%
Netherlands 16%27.6%
Belgium 21%27.3%
Singapore 18%27%
Canada 26%26.5%
Norway 21%26%
Hungary 12%23.7%
Germany 18%23.1%
Sweden 25%21.7%
Chile 22%20.7%
USA 24%19.3%
Russia 15%18.8%
France 24%16.9%
Spain 16%15.9%
Argentina 19%15.3%
Italy 20%13.6%
Serbia 12%13%
Israel 16%11.1%
Montenegro 12%8.8%
Mexico 26%8.5%
Turkey 20%6.6%
Colombia 24%5.5%
Peru 22%4.3%
Philippines 22%4.3%
Brazil 29%3.3%
South Africa 27%1.1%
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Source

Release date

December 2017

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

September 28 to October 19, 2017

Number of respondents

29,133 respondents

Age group

16-64 years

Special properties

38 countries

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

Original question:" Out of every 100 deaths of men and boys aged 15 to 24 in [COUNTRY], about how many do you think were by suicide?"
In most countries the source used a source for the actual number of deaths that were by suicide that defines suicide as death by intentional self-harm (ICD-10 codes X60-X84). In the UK, the source used a source that defines suicide as death by intentional self-harm and also death caused by undetermined intent (ICD-10 codes Y10-Y34). This is because this is the definition of suicide used widely in the UK.

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