Year: 2005 Source: World Psychiatry, v.4, no.2, (June 2005), p.114-120 SIEC No: 20051328

Global suicide rates among adolescents in the 15-19 age group, according to the latest World Health Organization (WHO) Mortality Database, were examined. Data for this age group were available from 90 countries/territories out of the 130 WHO member states. The mean suicide rate for this age group was 7.4 per 100,000. Suicide rates were higher in males (10.5) than in females (4.1), although exceptions to this trend were identified. Suicide was the 4th leading cause of death for young males, & the 3rd for young females. A rising trend of suicide in young males was also observed. (7 refs)