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I read a paper written by Jose Manoel Bertolote and Alexendra Flieschmann about the factors that affact the suicide rate and they reach to a significan conclutions.(http://iasp.info/pdf/papers/Bertolote.pdf)
1. Suicide Rate: The highest suicide rate was found in Europe. More particuary in the East of Europe. The lowest rate was found in the Eastern country which follow the Islamic Traditions.
2. Age:More suicide (55 %) are committed by people aged 5-44 years than by people aged 45 years and older.
3.Religions: A comparision of suicide rate according to the religion bring to light amost remarkable difference between countries of Islam and countries of any other religion.In muslem country (eg. kuwait) the rate of suicide is close to zero(0.1 per 100000 population).
In hindu (eg.India) and Christian countries(eg.Italy) the total suicide rate around 10 per 100000 population
In buddist countries (eg.Japan) the total suicide rate is 17.9 per 1000000 population
At 25.6 the total suicide rate is markedly highest in Athiest counties (eg. China).
What do you think about these statictics?
Are there any other factors that affact the suicide rate?
Why some countries (West of Europe ) has the highest rate?
Why the eastern countries has the lowest rate?
I want your opinion and Thank you from know
The number of suicides does not equal the number of people who want to end their lives. The reason why there is a higher suicide rate (according to what you said) in some places is because people who don't have religion have more freedom over their own lives, whereas there may be people who are more desperate to commit suicide but are forced to stay alive because they believe the alternative is worse.
So if you are trying to suggest believers are happier than non-believers, you can't use this to measure it.
In religious and collective countries where suicide is shameful and forbidden no one would want their relatives to be known for suicide as it would shame the family unlike in more secular and less religious countries so I wonder about the accuracy of the figures reported. I know in the UK the highest rate of suicide in women is with muslim women.
Thank you Matt. I do not speak here about just Religion, What about the other factors? Also, I think if some one want to suicide no one can stop that
Actually looking at the data they present it has some faults like the table has different dates sometimes 10 years apart - it has Muslim 1985 figures and Hindu 1995, so I don't think it's a good comparison. Also what qualifies a country as one religion as another? I'm not sure it helps to simplify. Like I said the suicide rate is highest in the UK for muslim women but I suspect the UK would be classified as a Christian country despite the fact most people don't go to church. It doesn't give a list as far as I can see. Also there are many differences between countries with the same religions but also similarities which may be more important than the religion and the reason for the differences.
I think it's an interesting topic but I'm not sure about the figures and research on this document.
Ayad - can you please explain to us what would happen to someone and their family if they were to commit suicide in a Muslim country? I would suspect that their family would be extremely shamed and maybe even become outcasts, and that the person who committed suicide would believe that they were going to a far worse place, whatever that may be. As you can see, I'm not familiar with the facts so I'd like your opinion first.
Do the statistics count suicide bombings by religion?
We are stardust: Thank you for your comment.
Any way, I do not say this paper is very accurate. Actually, there is uncertainty in all the scientific paper. Also, I suggest you try to email the authour to know how they reach this conclutions.
Ivansomeren: I do not see any person try to sucide in all my life but I know some one who has a scicide member in his life. I think he do not feel asham of this, his family live for many years in thier places. No one try to outcast him.
I am surprised why people just comment on the third factor? what happen to the others?
There are so many factors that could account for the difference.
1. Relgious people (those who practice any religion) might feel a big control from god. They feel they are not in control. Suicide is the ultimate act of control over one's own life. Without the burden of a god-idea, a person can do what she wants.
2. Data collection In religous societies suicide usually has some negative implications for the rest of the family because there is stigma and shame associated with mental illness. It might not get reported as much as a result. In Europe and US in the past, a person who committed suicide wasn't buried in the church cemetery ("consecrated ground"). All of your town knew if someone had committed suicide. Also, mental illness had a stigma of being something like "bad blood" in the family. If a guy committed suicide, his sister had a harder time getting married because people thought she came from a crazy family. Mental illness and suicide are not seen that way so much in the West nowadays. I would imagine almost all suicides in the US are reported as such.
3. Modern lifestyles. The vast majority of people who commit suicide do so spontaneously. There is very little planning involved. In the last century US, when more and more people got gaslines to their houses, the incidence of suicide increased. It was readily available. In modern Western societies, we have access to the means. In the US, most suicides are with handguns. Are handguns so prevalent in Muslim societies..? How about sleeping pills. And all of the prescription drugs available relatively cheaply in the US. Painkillers are everywhere. It's not so easy to kill yourself if you don't have the means right at hand. Personally, I think this is one of the most important reasons there has been an increase in the West.
4. As to why older people are less likely to kill themselves, perhaps it has to do with the fact that someone over the age of 45 probably has established some kind of family ties and has a responsibility. Maybe the sight of children and grandchildren keeps them grounded.
I wonder who as studied THOUGHTS of SUICIDE among people of different cultures. I imagine the numbers would be about the same.
Goatish: Thank you very much. Your comment really give a help.
You want to understand the problem in a good way .. About your question. You know that many muslem country now in war (Lebia, Syria, Iraq,....) so the hand guns are prevalent . In addition, In my country(Iraq) it must check the dead bodies by anatomy doctor and he will write the reason of death on the report so its very hard to keep the reason of the death secruit .