Global Health Observatory (GHO) data

Mental health

Age-standardized suicide rates: There were close to 800 000 suicide deaths worldwide in 2016. This indicates an annual global age-standardized suicide rate of 10.5 per 100 000 population. The major differences between high-income countries and low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are that young adults and elderly women in LMICs have much higher suicide rates than their counterparts in high-income countries, while middle-aged men in high-income countries have much higher suicide rates than middle-aged men in LMICs.

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800 000persons approximately die from suicide globally each year (one death every 40 seconds)

Suicide prevention


< 2%of the global median of health budget is allocated to mental health in 2017

Mental Health Atlas 2017

Human resources

9is the median number of health workers per 100 000 population

Rate of psychiatrists and nurses
  • Governance
    Existence of mental health policy/plan and legislation
  • Suicide
    (per 100 000 population)


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