Below you can find the 5 countries with the highest suicide rates in the world. We lose over 800,000 people every year to suicide, and if we perhaps give metal illness the attention it deserves, we could drastically reduce this avoidable number. For our methodology, please check here.
One of the few countries to make inroads from 2016 to 2017 is Ukraine, as the rate fell from nearly 28 suicides per 100,000 people to 25.6 suicides per 100,000 people, a significant improvement.
Zimbabwe has faced a cruel dictator and decades of extreme poverty, especially after white owned farms were taken from them by force and given to the blacks, leading to a devastating effect on the agriculture industry in the country, so it’s no surprise Zimbabwe makes the list.
Nearly 28 people per 100,000 commit suicide in Lithuania, primarily due to social and economical problems faced by the masses.
31.7 people per 100,000 committed suicide in Lesotho and it has the unenviable distinction of having the highest suicide rate in Africa, with the primary reason behind the high rate thought to be extreme poverty.
Comfortably topping the list of 5 countries with the highest suicide rates is Greenland, which has an incredibly sad rate of 51 deaths per 100,000 people, much higher than even the second ranked nation. Depression, alcoholism, spousal conflicts and dysfunctional families are just some of the reasons behind the abnormal rates of suicide in the country.