Thursday, September 8, 2011

CHINA AMONG COUNTRIES WITH HIGHEST SUICIDE RATE IN THE WORLD

According to the US-based Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), a Chinese citizen attempts suicide every two minutes, giving the country one of the highest suicide rates in the world. China's suicide rate is 22.23 people out of every 100,000, which translates into 287,000 people killing themselves in the country of 1.3 billion every year, while about two million try to kill themselves annually.

COMMENT: Extreme pressure to perform well at school and to find employment were some of the main explanations behind the high rate of suicide among young Chinese. Interestingly, China's suicide rate in rural areas is three times higher than in metropolitan areas and accounts for 75% of China's suicide total. In 2009, Lithuania, Finland, Latvia, Hungary, China, Japan and Kazakhstan all reported as having exceptionally high rates of suicide of 20 per 100,000 people or higher.


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