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10 September: World Suicide Prevention Day

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The suicide rate for young people aged 15 to 29 in the Basque Country in 2017 stood at 3.9 per 100,000, one of the lowest in Europe

Since 2003, World Suicide Prevention Day has been held every 10 September. On this occasion, the Basque Youth Observatory is providing some data on the incidence of suicide among 15-29-year olds in the Basque Country and a comparison with Europe.

In 2017, 11 young people died from this cause in the Basque Country according to data that the Health Department of the Basque Government made available to the Basque Youth Observatory. This implies a mortality rate from suicide or self-inflicted injuries in the Basque Country of 3.9 per 100,000 young people aged 15 to 29.

That year, only Greece, Italy and Spain had lower rates than the Basque Country, while Portugal matched the figure in the Basque Country. In contrast, the highest youth suicide rates were recorded in Finland (18.0 per 100,000), followed by the Baltic States: Lithuania (17.8 per 100,000), Estonia (15.0 per 100,000) and Latvia (13.8 per 100,000).

Suicide rate among 15-29-year olds in 2017 in Europe (cases per 100,000)