This article mentions the topic of suicide. If you or someone you know needs to talk to someone, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the friendly team at Embrace by calling 1564.
Embrace Lebanon released shocking numbers this week about the percentage of deaths by suicide in Lebanon in 2021.
According to the organization, Lebanon lost 145 people due to suicide in 2021. Yet, most deaths, 39% of 90 registered deaths, occurred by young people (between 12 to 27 years old).
“Lebanon is losing some of its youngest to preventable deaths such as suicide. These losses reflect the psychological stressors that adolescents and young people in Lebanon are experiencing, and the need for mental health interventions to prevent the deterioration of our youth’s mental health,” Embrace Lebanon voiced out.
Per the data collected by the Lebanese General Security Forces and shared by the organization, Mount Lebanon registered the highest percentage of deaths by suicide per governate with 43%, followed by the South (18%), Bekaa (17%), North (14%), and Beirut (8%).
68% of registered deaths were Lebanese, 14% were Syrian nationals, Palestinian nationals 7%, Ethiopians 5%, and 6% of other nationalities.
These numbers reflect the real alarming crisis in Lebanon, which is not only affecting sectors and institutions, but the youth directly, and other nationalities as well.
The economic crisis, the pandemic, the Beirut blast, and the youth losing hope in a better life in the country have all contributed to the current traumatic and mental health issues among the population.
If you or someone you know needs to talk to someone, please reach out to the friendly team at Embrace at 1564.