Suicide Rates in Asia and the Factors and Methods that Contribute to it
Jasmine Lall firstname.lastname@example.org
Abstract: Asia is responsible for 60% of suicides that occur globally. This high percentage may be due to
socio-cultural differences as well as minimal financial investments Asian countries have dedicated to help
combat this issue. Asia is culturally and socially different in comparison to Western countries therefore issues
such as mental health are largely unaddressed by Asia countries. It is important to consider that suicide as a
result of mental health issues is poorly discussed and researched within Asia when compared to Western
countries. In Asia, lethal means of suicide are highly accessible and commonly involve pesticides or jumping
from great heights. This paper assesses the factors that are causing high percentages of Asian suicides; the
uniquely cultural factors that contribute to suicide; cultural and religious pressures; suicide techniques which
differ from Western countries; and demographics of impacted communities. Finally, prevention methods and
the effects they have had are also reviewed to see how Asian countries are responding to this suicide crisis.
Biography: Jasmine is a final year forensic science student at Nottingham Trent University. Work submitted is
a Critical Review Paper for the Research Project module.
Jasmine Lall & Chinyere Williams, MSc, D-ABFT FT
Department of Chemistry and Forensics, Nottingham Trent University