Mental illness

Sweden Not Global Suicide Capital

1500 Swedes commit suicide every year according to a new study in the British Medical Journal the Lancet, but even though the figures are over the global average, the misconception that Sweden is the world’s suicide capital seem to be exaggerated, according to the report. In Europe alone, Lithuania, Finland, Latvia and Hungary all have higher suicide rates, as do countries such as Japan and Kazakhstan in the rest of the world.

The study says that mental illness is the cause of 90% of global suicides, with figures rising in times of economic hardship, and in springtime. A lack of sunlight in dark winters can cause a neurochemical imbalance which can lead to depression, the researchers claim.