Two Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries have the highest suicide in the world, according to figures released by the World Health Organization (WHO).
It said that in the Americas, the average estimated suicide rate is 7.3 per 100,000 inhabitants, which is lower than in other WHO regions and lower than the global average of 11.4 per 100,000.
“However, Guyana had the highest estimated suicide rate for 2012 in the world, and Suriname has the sixth-highest.”
The WHO said that data from the Americas show that suicide rates first peak among young people, remain at the same level for other age groups, and rise again among older men.
According to the WHO’s first global report on suicide prevention published on Thursday, more than 800,000 people around the world die from suicide every year – around one person every 40 seconds.
The WHO report titled “Preventing suicide: a global imperative” seeks to make suicide a top priority on the global public health agenda.
It has been launched a few days before World Suicide Prevention Day which is observed on September 10.
The report noted that an estimated 75% of suicides occur in low and middle-income countries.