Suicide in Kazakhstan
Suicide in Kazakhstan is a common cause of unnatural death in the country 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. Suicide of teenage and young age people is a big issue in the country.
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%.
According to Raisa Sher, head of the country's education ministry's child protection committee, there are several factors behind such high rates of suicide among people of a young age, such as:
- 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|
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- "Kazakhstan: Concerns Over Adolescent Suicides". UNHCR. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
- "Suicide rates (per 100,000), by gender, Kazakhstan, 1981-2008." (PDF). World Health Organization. Retrieved 16 November 2012.