Suicide in Kazakhstan

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Suicide in Kazakhstan is a common cause of unnatural death and a long term social issue. According to the 2011 report of World Health Organization, of all the people reported dead due to suicide worldwide every year, 3.23% belong to Kazakhstan.[1] Suicide of teenage and young age people is a big issue in the country.[2]

Statistics[edit]

The country has highest number of recorded suicides among girls aged 15 to 19, and for boys, it is the second highest after Russia. A UNICEF report of 2009 shows, between 1999 and 2008 the number of suicides among young people of the country increased by 23%.[2]

According to Raisa Sher, head of the country's education ministry's child protection committee there are several factors behind such high rates of suicides among young age people like–[2]

  • Getting bullied in schools
  • Absence or loss of values
  • Falling standards of social behavior
  • Exposure of minors to violent images on television
Number of suicides by age group and gender. Kazakhstan, 2008
Age (years) 5-14 15-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65-74 75+ All
Males 66 657 860 656 522 240 143 86 3241
Females 19 239 152 120 97 52 41 47 768
Total 85 896 1012 776 619 292 184 133 4009
Source: World Health Organization[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Suicide rate". Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Kazakstan: Concerns Over Adolescent Suicides". UNHCR. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Suicide rates (per 100,000), by gender, Kazakhstan, 1981-2008." (PDF). World Health Organization. Retrieved 16 November 2012.