Over 800,000 people die due to suicide every year and there are many more who attempt suicide. Hence, many millions of people are affected or experience suicide bereavement every year. Suicide occurs throughout the lifespan and was the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year olds globally in 2012.
Suicide is a global phenomenon in all regions of the world; in fact, 75% of global suicide occurred in low- and middle-income countries in 2012. Suicide accounted for 1.4% of all deaths worldwide, making it the 15th leading cause of death in 2012. Effective and evidence-based interventions can be implemented at population, sub-population and individual levels to prevent suicide and suicide attempts.
WHO Global Health Estimates
The WHO Global Health Estimates provide a comprehensive and comparable assessment of mortality (including suicide) and loss of health due to diseases and injuries for all regions of the world. The latest WHO assessment of deaths by cause is for the years 2000–2012.
WHO Global Health Estimates in the Global Health Observatory (GHO)
The WHO Global Health Estimates can also be accessed through the Global Health Observatory.
WHO Global Health Estimates for suicide in the Mental health GHO
The WHO Global Health Estimates of age-standardized suicide rates for 2012 can be accessed on the Mental health GHO theme page and database.
WHO Mortality Database
The WHO Mortality Database is a compilation of mortality data by age, sex and cause of death (including suicide), as reported annually by Member States from their civil registration systems.
WHO Mortality Database Online Tool
A user-friendly application provides number of deaths and age-standardized death rates by country, year, cause (including suicide), sex and age from 1979 onwards.
- WHO Mortality Database Online Tool
Instructions for users on how to extract suicide statistics by country
WHO Mortality Database raw data files
Basic underlying raw data files, together with the necessary instructions, file structures, code reference tables, etc. are provided, not constituting a user-friendly data collection.