The first ever comprehensive report released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on suicides has ranked Sri Lanka as having the fourth highest suicide rates in the world.
According to the report that was released today, the suicide rate in Sri Lanka lies at a 28.8 for every 100,000 people against the global average of 11 per 100,000 persons. Sri Lanka has been ranked fourth out of a total of 172 countries.
While its findings have revealed that men are almost twice as likely as women to take their lives, the report has also noted that the plight highlighted in the report might be severely underplaying the actual situation due to poor data collection on suicides in most countries resulted by the stigma attached to the issue and due to suicides still being illegal in a handful of nations including Sri Lanka and India.
The report findings however have disclosed that criminalising suicide has not led to a decrease suicides or suicide attempts as seen by Sri Lanka as well as India (21 per 100,000) recording some of the higest suicides rates.
The most suicide prone countries have been recorded as Guyana (44.2 per 100,000) followed by North and South Korea (38.5 and 28.9 per 100,000). The report findings also state that a person commits suicide for every 40 seconds and is teh second leading cause of deaths in the world.