Year: 2020 Source: World Psychiatric Association. (2020). SIEC No: 20200532

Approximately 800.000 people die of suicide every year in the world. The number is underestimated, due to various methods of monitoring and death registration as well as cultural factors.
All 183 member states are included in the World Health Organization (WHO) mortality database, however only around 45% of the countries have appropriate monitoring. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among people aged 15-24 and for each death by suicide 20 suicide attempts are estimated. Thus, suicide is of international concern with a global suicide rate of 10.5 per 100.000 inhabitants (males: 13.7/100.000; females 7.5/100.000, Fig. 1). An overview of the suicide rates for each WHO region is given in the Appendix.