India: With the growing number of farmer suicides, India has one of the world’s highest suicide rates with an average of 10.4 suicides per 100,000 people, according to a World Health Organization report. However, a study by the Lancet medical journal reveals that the suicide rate in India is the highest in the 15-29 age groups. It further reveals that despondency due to under-achievement and loneliness in a vastly changing Indian society are some of the reasons for the high mortality due to suicides among the Indian youth.
Greenland: Greenland, the world’s largest island nation located in North America, is also the country with world’s highest suicide rate. According to statistics, in 2010 there were 108 suicides per 100,000 people per year in Greenland. The majority of Greenlanders who kill themselves mainly comprise of the youngsters. A study says depression, loneliness and also suicide as a fashion statement are the reasons for the high number of suicide rates among the teenagers.
I – Word Understanding
Farmer suicides – farmers who overwhelmed by debt took their own lives
Reveals – Make (previously unknown or secret information) known to others
Despondency – A state of low sprit caused by loss of hope or courage
Under-achievement – poorer than expected performance
Vastly – to an exceedingly great extent or degree
Mortality – The state of being subject to death
Statistics – The practice or science of collecting and analysing numerical data in large quantity
Comprise – include
Fashion statement – it is most common usage refers to costume or clothing
II – Have your say
1.Countries with highest suicide rates
India, Greenland, South Korea, Lithuania, Guyana, Kazakhstan, Belarus, China, Slovenia, Hungary, Japan
2.A lot of people are questioning the psychiatrists and psychologists why couldn’t they save those people from suicide.