Pattern of suicide in Kurdistan region/Iraq in the past three years and methods of recognition


ABSTRACTBackground According to world health organization estimation over 800000people die by suicide every single year which corresponds to a rate of 11.5 per100000 of population worldwide and gives a number of a one suicide death every40 minutes. according to a study by the “Intentional injuries in the EasternMediterranean Region 1990 -2015 that is done in 22 countries of the middle eastincluding Iraq, the study states that there is 100 percent increase in the suicide ratesin the 25 years study in the region compared to not more than 19 percent increasein Europe which led them to call it the lost generation study. The objectives of thisstudy are:To establish the pattern of suicide attempts in Kurdistan Iraq, to classifythe most common methods used to commit the suicide and to establish the bestmethods to be used to identify the actual suicide from the fake one that planned tobe as suicide but are criminal in their nature (homicide.(Method This research was made by collecting the data regarding the suicidal casesand homicidal cases in the years 2015, 2016 and 2017 for Erbil, Sulaymaniyah andDuhok.Results The total number of the studied files was 248 file of suicidal cases thatoccurred in Erbil during the years 2015-2017 in which I obtained the data abouteach victim individually, while the total cases including Duhok, Sulaimanya,Halabcha, Soran, Karmean, and Rapereen are exactly 564 cases (plus the 248 fromErbil) in which we couldn’t obtain the individuals exact data.The highest rate of suicide in male individuals were using the firearms, while infemales was the self-burn, male individuals (464) were more than the females(348) in all the governorates, the most common age of suicide inside Erbil is theage between 20-29 (87cases.(ConclusionThe prevalence of suicide in Erbil were 3.96 (per 100000) in the years from 2015-2016, while in Kurdistan as all was harder to find (less data about Kurdistanpopulation) and it was 3.83 (per 100000) in the same years