Suicides in Lithuania - Statistics


Lithuania has one of the highest suicide rates in the world. The figure doubled in the last decade. Statistics presented by Dainius Puras, a leading psychiatrist and co-author of Lithuania's emergency suicide bill, show that over 1500 people commit suicide in Lithuania per year. According to a report of the World Health Organization 34 of every 100,000 people in Lithuania kill themselves. Puras' remark on such a high rate of suicide was that "it's an epidemic. It's not simply suicide, but an infectious disease that kills..."

Suicide rates, by gender, Lithuania, 1981-2009
Gender 1981 1985 1990 1995 2000 2005 2009
Male 59.4 58.0 44.3 79.1 75.6 68.1 61.3
Female 10.7 12.9 9.7 15.6 16.1 12.9 10.4
Average 33.6 34.1 26.1 45.6 44.1 38.6 34.1
Source: World Health Organization
Number of suicides by age group and gender. Lithuania, 2009
Age (years) 5-14 15-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65-74 75+ All
Males 3 109 116 195 233 148 91 57 952
Females 2 16 15 26 39 27 21 40 186
Total 5 125 131 221 272 175 112 97 1138
Source: World Health Organization

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