VILNIUS – The number of suicides is going down in Lithuania but it still exceeds the EU average.
654 people took their own lives in Lithuanian last year, compared to 683 in 2018, based on preliminary figures from the Institute of Hygiene.
"Suicide rates have been going down since 2013, and in 2018, which are the latest final numbers, there were 28 suicides per population of 100,000, which would be 683 in absolute numbers," Sandra Meksriunaite of the Institute of Hygiene told BNS.
There are only preliminary figures for 2019, with Meksriunaite saying that the institute will have the final data by April.
The EU's suicide average, based on 2016 numbers, stood at 10 per population of 100,000. The 2019 figures will be available in August.
Suicides are more widespread in Lithuanian regions than major cities, the representative of the Institute of Hygiene said, with suicides among men being 4-5 times of common than among women.