Suicide Rate in Kuwait

June 12, 20150

suicide-noteKuwait placed among very low Suicide Rate Countries

Prior to the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq in 1990, suicides were almost unheard of in Kuwait. However, there has been a notable increase in the referrals of suicide cases to the forensic authorities since then. A review of suicide cases was performed to investigate the demographics of this phenomenon and the suicide modalities used and to uncover issues that can be addressed by the region’s government.

Methods: The sole source of data was the general department of criminal evidence (GDCE), where cases are referred by police authorities and by hospital investigators from the entire country. All cases signed out by forensic investigators as ‘suicide’during the time period 2003-2009 were retrieved.

A full review of the data from the case files was made. This included demographic data, scene examination, radiographic investigations, autopsies with histo-pathological examination findings and toxicological screening results in each case.

Results: A total of 347 cases were retrieved and studied.

Hanging was found to be the most common suicide modality used by subjects (60Â %). Non-citizens constituted 87Â % of cases, and no significant difference was found between married and single subjects or between Muslims and non-Muslims. Regions that were more populated with an expatriate labour force had the highest suicide prevalence.

Conclusion: The government of Kuwait needs to investigate the dire conditions in which some expatriates live and to improve their situation. More control over the dispensing of certain medications needs to be enforced.

Finally, strict firearm control could help reduce the suicide rates in Kuwait.

Author: Salah Al-WaheebNadia Al-Kandary
Credits/Source: BMC Public Health 2015, 15:527


Kuwait Ranked 184 out of 192, among countries of very low suicide rate

1 Guyana 32.5 65 Kenya 10.1 129 Togo 5.1
2 Lithuania 31.2 66 Denmark 10.1 130 Andorra 5.0
3 Kazakhstan 31.1 67 Canada 9.9 131 Timor-Leste 4.9
4 Swaziland 25.3 68 Slovakia 9.8 132 Jamaica 4.9
5 Russia 23.4 69 Norway 9.7 133 Liberia 4.9
6 Malawi 23.3 70 Sudan 9.7 134 Tonga 4.9
7 Belarus 22.9 71 Romania 9.7 135 Brunei 4.8
8 Suriname 22.5 72 Indonesia 9.7 136 Paraguay 4.8
9 Namibia 22.3 73 Nicaragua 9.6 137 Nauru 4.8
10 Cote d Ivoire 21.5 74 Eritrea 9.5 138 Micronesia 4.7
11 Laos 21.3 75 Equ. Guinea 9.4 139 Macedonia 4.7
12 Latvia 20.6 76 Rwanda 9.3 140 Sao Tome 4.7
13 South Korea 20.1 77 Bulgaria 9.2 141 Senegal 4.6
14 Japan 19.8 78 Ireland 9.2 142 Mali 4.6
15 Somalia 19.1 79 Germany 9.1 143 Cambodia 4.6
16 India 19.1 80 Argentina 9.1 144 Saint Lucia 4.6
17 Zambia 18.9 81 Cameroon 9.0 145 Madagascar 4.6
18 Hungary 17.9 82 Singapore 8.4 146 Mexico 4.5
19 Mozambique 17.7 83 Angola 8.4 147 Vanuatu 4.5
20 Finland 17.7 84 Guinea-Bissau 8.3 148 Italy 4.5
21 Uganda 17.6 85 Ecuador 8.2 149 Israel 4.3
22 Moldova 17.1 86 Bahrain 7.8 150 Libya 4.2
23 Ukraine 16.9 87 Australia 7.8 151 Malta 4.2
24 Estonia 16.3 88 Bosnia/Herzeg. 7.7 152 Algeria 4.1
25 Bhutan 16.2 89 Chad 7.7 153 Afghanistan 4.1
26 Lesotho 16.2 90 Zimbabwe 7.7 154 San Marino 4.0
27 Belgium 15.7 91 Seychelles 7.5 155 Palau 3.9
28 Thailand 15.6 92 Portugal 7.5 156 Solomon Isl. 3.8
29 Slovenia 15.5 93 Netherlands 7.4 157 Niue 3.8
30 Congo 15.1 94 South Africa 7.4 158 Iran 3.7
31 Turkmenistan 14.9 95 Burkina Faso 7.4 159 Tajikistan 3.7
32 Central Africa 14.5 96 Guatemala 7.4 160 Oman 3.6
33 Poland 14.4 97 Ghana 7.3 161 Venezuela 3.6
34 Uruguay 14.0 98 Gabon 7.1 162 Fiji 3.6
35 Ethiopia 14.0 99 Mauritania 7.1 163 North Korea 3.5
36 Mongolia 13.7 100 Costa Rica 7.0 164 Armenia 3.4
37 France 13.6 101 United Kingdom 6.9 165 Lebanon 3.3
38 Bangladesh 13.5 102 Saint Vincent 6.8 166 Cook Islands 3.3
39 Iceland 12.9 103 Mauritius 6.7 167 Niger 3.1
40 Monaco 12.7 104 Tuvalu 6.7 168 Cyprus 2.9
41 Switzerland 12.6 105 Panama 6.6 169 Georgia 2.7
42 Botswana 12.2 106 Sierra Leone 6.6 170 Greece 2.6
43 China 12.1 107 Viet Nam 6.5 171 Dominica 2.5
44 Croatia 12.1 108 Benin 6.5 172 Philippines 2.5
45 Pakistan 12.0 109 Honduras 6.4 173 Turkey 2.2
46 Austria 11.8 110 Myanmar 6.4 174 Tunisia 2.0
47 Sweden 11.7 111 Nepal 6.3 175 Qatar 1.9
48 Sri Lanka 11.6 112 Uzbekistan 6.3 176 Grenada 1.7
49 Czech Republic 11.5 113 Comoros 6.1 177 Morocco 1.7
50 Kyrgyzstan 11.4 114 Iraq 6.1 178 Bolivia 1.7
51 DR Congo 11.4 115 Nigeria 6.1 179 Peru 1.6
52 Tanzania 11.2 116 Albania 6.1 180 Barbados 1.4
53 Guinea 11.2 117 Colombia 6.0 181 Egypt 1.4
54 Trinidad/Tob. 11.1 118 Saudi Arabia 5.9 182 Arab Emirates 1.3
55 New Zealand 11.1 119 Cape Verde 5.9 183 Haiti 1.3
56 Luxembourg 10.9 120 Brazil 5.8 184 Kuwait 1.2
57 Marshall Isl. 10.9 121 Spain 5.6 185 Maldives 1.1
58 Serbia/Monten. 10.8 122 Gambia 5.5 186 Bahamas 0.7
59 Chile 10.7 123 Yemen 5.4 187 Jordan 0.7
60 Burundi 10.7 124 Djibouti 5.4 188 Malaysia 0.6
61 Cuba 10.5 125 Belize 5.3 189 Antigua/Bar. 0.6
62 El Salvador 10.5 126 Samoa 5.1 190 Saint Kitts 0.6
63 United States 10.3 127 Dominican Rep. 5.1 191 Syria 0.5
64 New Guinea 10.2 128 Azerbaijan 5.1 192 Kiribati 0.0

Data Source : World Life Expectancy


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LABOR LAWS
1: Official paid holidays in Kuwait ( Article 68 )
2: Salary Calculation with sick leaves ( Article 69 )
3: 24 consecutive hours rest for employees ( Article 67 )

4: Working hours for ladies in Kuwait ( Article 22 )
5: Paid Maternity Leave ( Article 24 )
6: Kids nursery at work, if female workers +50 and male +200 ( Article 25 )
7: Entitles to 21 days leave with pay to perform Hajj ( Article 76 )
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