According to data from the Czech Statistical Office (ČSÚ), the number of suicides in the Czech Republic has increased in recent years. In 2022 alone, 1,302 people took their own lives, an increase of 81 from the previous year. While the highest number of suicides occurred in Prague and southern Moravia, the highest rate of intentional self-harm was reported in the South Bohemian and Liberec regions.
Regarding gender, men accounted for most suicides, with 1,031 cases reported in 2022 compared to 271 cases among women. However, the number of suicides among women has been increasing steadily in recent years.
The age range of those who committed suicide in 2022 was broad, with four children between the ages of 10 and 14 and 19 seniors over the age of 90 also included in the statistics. The most common methods of suicide were hanging, jumping from a height, and using a firearm.
While the number of suicides in the Czech Republic may seem alarming, it is worth noting that suicide rates in some regions have been decreasing. The Olomouc and Central Bohemian regions had the lowest suicide rates, with 8.7 and 9.2 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, respectively.
It is essential to understand the factors that lead to suicide and to take steps to prevent it. Mental health support services, such as counseling and therapy, should be more widely available to those in need. Additionally, it is crucial to raise awareness about suicide prevention and to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues.
While suicide remains a complex and challenging issue, we must continue to work towards reducing the number of suicides in the Czech Republic. By providing better support for those struggling with mental health issues and by raising awareness about suicide prevention, we can help to save lives and make a difference in our communities.