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Report: Silent pandemic is quietly spilling over into Arab countries



Monday, September 23, 2019 09:29

Suicide rates in the Arab and Islamic countries are recording moderate levels, but the phenomenon is on the rise, according to a recent UN report transmitted by the Al Jazeera documentary.

Highlights of the report

  • Egypt tops the list of Arab countries in terms of suicide, with 3,999 cases in 2019.
  • Saudi Arabia took sixth, while Lebanon and Syria were last despite asylum and war.
  • Morocco is the only Arab country to see a significant increase in women's suicides.
  • Jordan is characterized by the phenomenon of child suicide, with an estimated 18% of suicides in the Kingdom.
  • Researchers have linked the causes of suicide to the worsening psychological state of suicide by depression.
  • Some Arab suicides were a special message or cry of pain, as did Mohamed Bouazizi, who set himself on fire to start the Tunisian revolution and pave the way for the so-called Arab Spring.

The West is most suicidal

  • According to the report, Eastern Europe has the highest suicide rates worldwide.
  • Lithuania is at the top of Europe's list of suicides, followed by Russia.
  • In Western Europe, Belgium, France and Ireland are the countries with the highest suicide rates.
  • On the other hand, the lowest suicide rates were reported in Greece and Finland, according to the World Health Organization.
  • In the United States, the situation is no better: suicide has increased to more than 30% by 2016.
  • Most observers agree that the country's codified firearms make it easier for suicide bombers, especially teenagers.

Men more

  • Psychologists question gender inequality in suicide rates.
  • Scientists are trying to explain masculinity towards suicide, although depression is more common in women.
  • Among the explanations given, women tend to drop their problems, unlike men.
  • In the United States, women are more likely to contemplate suicide, with women reporting higher suicide attempts than men.
  • This may be because, according to psychologists, men use more deadly suicides, which increases their chances of death before the arrival of rescuers.

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Al Jazeera Documentary


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