Report: Suicide rate slightly down, men more suicidal

Published 19.06.2015 20:09

New figures released by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) indicate a slight decrease in the number of fatal suicide attempts last year in Turkey. A total of 3,065 suicide attempts were successful in 2014, compared to 3,252 in 2013.

TurkStat figures also show that an overwhelming majority of people committing suicide were males with only 25.7 percent being females.

The suicide rate was 3.97, meaning about four out of 100,000 people committed suicide.

The suicide rate per 100,000 people was highest in Tunceli, an eastern province of more than 86,000 people, at 11.63. It was followed by Bingöl, another eastern province. The lowest suicide rate was in Bartın, a Black Sea province, at 1.06 per 100,000 people.

As was the case in past years, suicide rates were particularly high among the elderly in 2014, especially between the ages of 80 and 84.

TurkStat figures also show male suicides were higher than female suicides in all age groups except 15 years old and younger.

Figures look into the educational status of people who commit suicide. Almost a quarter of the of the people who committed suicide, 24.9 percent, were primary school graduates, while the rest were graduates from high school or those who did not complete any school. The rate of suicide among university graduates was absent in TurkStat's figures.

Married individuals accounted for 47.7 percent of people who committed suicide while 39.3 percent who never married and 5.5 percent who were divorcees committed suicide.

In 52.9 percent of suicides the motive or motives could not be determined while illness, problems with family and financial troubles were the other main causes of suicides.

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