Evolution of suicide mortality in Brussels between 1998 and 2011

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In 2011, we registered 149 deaths by suicide among Brussels, 100 men and 49 women, including Brussels died in Flanders and Wallonia. The rate of death by suicide of Brussels is therefore 18.3 per 100,000 for men and 8.4 per 100,000 for women.

Suicide rates in Brussels fluctuate from year to year so it is important to consider several years to review developments. The trend over 14 years shows a progressive decrease in deaths from suicide. This decrease is more pronounced for men than for women.

(In French) Rate of death by suicide of Brussels,
by sex, 1998-2011
(Jpg format)

The downward trend is observed for different age groups except for children under 20 years to 3.5 cases which are observed on average per year since 1998. A more detailed analysis of the suicide of Brussels is available in the Health Profile for the Brussels Region 2010 ( page 108 )- only in French or in Dutch

(In French) Rate of suicide deaths among men Brussels,
by age group, 1998-2011
(Jpg format)

  (In French) Rate of suicide deaths among women Brussels',
by age group, 1998-2011
(Jpg format)

Research on the comparability of suicide in different countries have shown that it was not possible to compare them. The reasons are related firstly to the differences in the procedures for certification of death (autopsy, police investigation, communication between the different actors, etc..) And other social and cultural practices of each country Suicide ( stigma, insurance, ...).
In general and in all countries by suicide mortality statistics underestimate the actual number of deaths by suicide. For more details, see folder on the 2003 suicide, methodology section (only in French or in Dutch) and article Varnik et al. Suicide registration in eight European countries: A qualitative analysis of procedures and practices. (Full text)

Published on 24/01//2014

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