Suicide in Venezuela continues to largely affect the economically active youth population and is expanding among “particularly vulnerable groups” because of their sexual orientation., According to a preliminary study by the Venezuelan Observatory of Violence, in the first five months of 2022, as of May 22, 137 suicides were recorded across the country, that is, more than one case per day. And most were adults, youth and teenagers up to the age of 17.
Last year, Venezuela recorded 4.3 suicides per 100,000 inhabitants, but the figure was more than double in the West Andean state of Mérida, with 9.9, However, there are no studies explaining the high incidence of suicide in a state of 860,000 residents, where agriculture and tourism feed the local economy.
According to the latest figures, the Venezuelan Ministry of Health recorded 843 suicides in 2016, mostly male, of which 97 were in Mérida. In late July, local officials launched a suicide prevention campaign offering free special assistance.
“We need to train the society so that people stop seeing it as a taboo, so that they lose their fear of even mentioning the word suicide,” he told the agency. AFP Regional legislator Fabiana Santamaria. “It’s not just telling someone not to try to kill themselves, it’s giving them the tools to live, to love life”He indicated.
In an interview with Jou Ramirez, director of the SOMOS LGBTQ+ group AFP assured that Turns out that suicidal thoughts, or suicide attempts, are very common in groups that are particularly vulnerable” because of their sexual orientation or economic status.,
According to the Venezuelan Observatory of Violence, depression is one of the main triggers of suicide attempts. “Suicide, as the highest expression of self-inflicted violence, is a multifactorial cause of death”, To the extent poverty continues to increase and social and economic inequalities become more pronounced, it is very likely that they will continue to happen,” says Gustavo Pez, researcher and coordinator of the institution in Mérida.
Suicide statistics are collected by the Venezuelan Institute through a variety of sources due to the lack of updated official data. “We monitor 82 media outlets weekly and we have informants in different states of the country,” said Payz. Ongoing investigations reveal age groups of 23 cases reported in Merida, of which 82.6% are male and the rest female.,
Of the total, 47.8% are adults between the ages of 30 and 64; Second, 21.7% are young people aged 18 to 24. This is followed by 13% who are young adults aged 25 to 29, as well as older adults and 4.3% adolescents.
According to the World Health Organization, one out of every 100 deaths in the world is suicide.,
(with information from AFP)