In the US, you’re twice as likely to kill yourself rather than be murdered!
Some recent data reveals some troubling information about the relationship between murder and suicide.
According to research by the United Nations, Pan American Health Organization, and World Health Organization, the United States has a murder rate of 5.8 people for every 100,000.
Though low, this statistic is significantly higher than countries like Japan and the United Arab Emirates, which both have a rate of 0.5 people per 100,000.
However, it pales in comparison to countries like Colombia and South Africa, both of which have murder rates of over 60 people per 100,000.
Aside from murder rates, however, this data reveals another interesting fact: the relationship between murder and suicide rates.
It seems that, in most cases, countries with lower rates of murder have higher rates of suicide.
The United States’ suicide rate is 10.85 people for every 100,000, meaning it is nearly double the country’s murder rate. Similarly, Japan has a suicide rate of 23.7 people, nearly 50 times higher than its murder rate.
On the opposite spectrum, Jamaica has a very high murder rate of 49 people per 100,000. This is in contrast to its very low suicide rate of only 0.35 people.
It’s difficult to say whether these rates are closely related or not. However, the both could stem from differences in culture.
For example, Jamaica’s high levels of drug and alcohol use may explain its higher murder rate. In the same way, Japan’s poor working conditions—which led to the creation of the term karōshi, meaning death by overwork—may explain of the country’s higher suicide rate.