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Nearly 8,900 suicides in 2014, one every hour

Ⓒ AFP/Archives – – | In 2014, according to one last report, there were nearly 8,900 deaths by suicide, one every hour

Suicide was the cause of 8.885 deaths in metropolitan France in 2014, 24 per day or one hour, according to the third report of the National Observatory of Suicide, published Monday.

“Despite a 26% drop in the suicide rate between 2003 and 2014, observed in all French regions, France has one of the highest suicide rates in the European countries, behind the Eastern European countries. Finland and Belgium, “says the report, published every two years.

According to this document, the number of suicides is undoubtedly underestimated, since it only takes into account the deaths declared as such on the death certificate. The actual number could be around 10,000.

Suicide is “the second leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds”, after traffic accidents, “and represents 16% of deaths in this age group in 2014”.

However, the suicide rate among 15-24 year olds remains relatively low compared to other age groups (5 per 100,000, men and women combined). In this age group, it is significantly higher in men (7.5) than in women (2.5).

All ages combined, “death by suicide affects more men than women,” according to the report, with a rate of 23.1 per 100,000 for the first against 6.8 per 100,000 for the second.

The rate is highest among the elderly, especially among men.

It is most important among men aged 45 to 54 (33.4 per 100,000) and after 74 (59.4 per 100,000 men).

All ages and sexes combined, the most common types of suicide are hangings (57%), use of firearms (12%), medication and other substance use (11%), and leaps and bounds. a high place (7%).

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