Global suicide rates have increased by 60% in the past 45 years and it is now one of the three leading causes of death for people between 15 and 44 years old according to the World Health Organisation. People in countries with high suicide rates say they are unhappier, according to the “World Database of Happiness” maintained by Erasmus University in Rotterdam. But intrepreting suicide trends is tricky because there is no international standard for reporting and collecting data. Countries with strong religious or cultural strictures against suicide often report lower rates.No big surprise that suicide levels go down as happiness levels rise.
I find it ironic that the one country with lower than expected levels of suicide, India, also believes in reincarnation.
And with the Supreme court handing down their Heller case opinion upholding everyone's right to buy a hand gun, it should be noted that there are more suicides than homicides in the US. So, if you are thinking about buying a gun, remember that the person you are most likely to shoot with it is yourself.
via The Economist