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Hernández-Alvarado MM, González-Castro TB, Tovilla-Zárate CA, Fresán A, Juárez-Rojop IE, López-Narváez ML, Villar-Soto M, Genis-Mendoza A. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016; 13(6): e13060552.

Affiliation

Instituto Nacional de Medicina Genómica (INMEGEN), Servicios de Atención Psiquiátrica (SAP), Secretaría de Salud, Mexico city 14610, Mexico. adgenis@inmegen.gob.mx.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2016, MDPI: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute)

DOI

10.3390/ijerph13060552

PMID

27258292

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Worldwide, the suicide rate is decreasing. To examine changes in the rates of completed suicide in the Mexican population from 2003 to 2012, we analyzed these changes according to: (i) the method of suicide; (ii) age group and (iii) gender.

METHODS: The data analyzed were obtained from governmental organizations from the State of Tabasco, Mexico. The data provided 1836 cases of subjects born and residing in Tabasco, who completed suicide in this state.

RESULTS: Suicide by hanging was a common choice of suicide method for Mexicans. The rate of suicide by hanging increased from 5.80 to 6.49 per 100,000 persons between 2003 and 2012, a rate percentage increase of 11.89%.

CONCLUSIONS: Hanging was found to be the most common choice of suicide in the Mexican population, probably because the materials required are easily available and the method does not require complicated techniques, especially in the 55-64 age group. Strategies for prevention and intervention should be developed for the Mexican population considering suicide rates by age group and gender.


Language: en

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