Year : 2014  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 109-110

Suicide in men is systematically underreported in Afghanistan

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Howard University, School of Medicine, NW, Washington, DC 20060, USA

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Dr. Partam Manalai
Howard University, School of Medicine, 2041 Georgia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20060
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2276-7096.139068

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Suicide is a major public health concern in Afghanistan. However, in spite of substantial anecdotal reports of suicide incidences in the country, suicidal behavior (ideation, attempts, and completed suicide) has not been studied systematically in Afghanistan. Most of the data come from media reports. Such reports are inherently biased; most recent reports indicate that overwhelming majority of completed suicide are females (95%). Such observations are in stark contrast with what is seen globally and what was reported in 1960s in Afghanistan. We present a case of an Afghan man surviving a suicide attempt to highlight the underreporting of suicide and suicidal behavior in Afghanistan. We conclude that the Afghan people need international support to develop research strategies and devise suicide prevention methods to address the problem of suicide in Afghanistan.

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