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Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal

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REZAEIAN, M.. Age and sex suicide rates in the Eastern Mediterranean Region based on global burden of disease estimates for 2000. East. Mediterr. health j. [online]. 2007, vol.13, n.4, pp. 953-960. ISSN 1020-3397.

Suicide was estimated to be the 25th leading cause of death in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region in the year 2000. Using data from the WHO global burden of disease project, estimated rates of suicidal deaths were plotted for different sex and age groups. Overall rates of suicide were higher in females than males in age groups 5-14 and 15-29 years. The peak age for suicides among females was 15-29 years (8.6 per 100 000) and for males 60+ years (10.8 per 100 000). As a proportion of all deaths due to injury, suicides were substantially higher in females than males. Females in high-income countries had the lowest rates of suicide in all age groups and males in high-income countries had a lower rate than males in low- and middle-income countries.

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