Russian Suicide Rates Finally Down to Levels of a Half Century Ago

Russian Suicide Rates Finally Down to Levels of a Half Century Ago

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Kremlin Moscow Russia CC Pavel Kazachkov

After 14 straight years of declines, the number of suicides in Russia has now fallen to its lowest point in more than half a century.

The rate fell to 17 cases of suicide for every 100,000 people in 2015 — the lowest it’s been since 1962.

The results showed a big improvement in even the latest year of 2015 over 2014 – a 6.2% drop.

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A long-running anti-alcohol campaign and improving standard of living are credited for the turnaround.

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Twenty years ago, Russia’s suicide rate was twice what the World Health Organization (WHO) termed a high suicide rate — with 40 suicides per 100,000 people. By 2014, the country had cut the rate by more than half — enough to be considered average by WHO standards.

(READ more at Russia Beyond the Headlines) — Photo: Pavel Kazachkov, CC

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