Reported suicide rates

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What you should know about this indicator

The data is standardized using the WHO standard population. Underlying causes of death grouped under this heading are those grouped under the ICD codes X60-X84, Y870.

Reported suicide rates
Reported annual death rate from self-inflicted injuries per 100,000 people, based on the listed on death certificates. To allow for comparisons between countries and over time, this metric is .
WHO Mortality Database (2024) – with minor processing by Our World in Data
Last updated
March 24, 2024
Next expected update
March 2025
Date range
deaths per 100,000 population

Sources and processing

This data is based on the following sources

The WHO mortality database is a collection death registration data including cause-of-death information from member states.

Where they are collected, death registration data are the best source of information on key health indicators, such as life expectancy, and death registration data with cause-of-death information are the best source of information on mortality by cause, such as maternal mortality and suicide mortality.

WHO requests from all countries annual data by age, sex, and complete ICD code (e.g., 4-digit code if the 10th revision of ICD was used). Countries have reported deaths by cause of death, year, sex, and age for inclusion in the WHO Mortality Database since 1950.

Data are included only for countries reporting data properly coded according to the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). Today the database is maintained by the WHO Division of Data, Analytics and Delivery for Impact (DDI) and contains data from over 120 countries and areas. Data reported by member states and selected areas are displayed in this portal’s interactive visualizations if the data are reported to the WHO mortality database in the requested format and at least 65% of deaths were recorded in each country and year.

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WHO Mortality Database (2022)

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