According to an Iranian official in charge of the suicide prevention program at the Ministry of Health, Iran’s suicide rate has increased with around 100,000 cases during the last Persian year (March 21, 2018 to March 21, 2019).
Maryam Abbasinejad, who spoke to the state-run IRNA News Agency, said that Iran’s suicide rates were higher in western provinces. Unemployment rates are also highest in western Iran.
She said that some of the most significant reasons behind the high suicide rates were an “insecure environment, poverty and unemployment”.
Abbasinejad said that Iran’s suicide rate had slowly increased since 2015 and that
the number of suicide attempts had gone from 94 in 100,000 people to 125 in 100,000 people.
The health official said that around 75% of the suicide attempts were carried out by 15 to 34 year olds and that 50% of them were married.
According to her, about 73% percent of those who attempted suicide lived in cities and city slums. From these, around 33% are homemakers, 11% are school students and 8% are unemployed.
Sixty percent of suicides were carried out by women in Iran last year. The health official said that the reason was because more women suffered from depression.
Most recently, Sahar Khodayari, known as the Blue Girl for the color of the soccer team she supported, passed away after self-immolating outside a courthouse in Tehran.
According to state-run media, she set herself on fire after finding out she had to serve another six months of prison for trying to sneak into Azadi Stadium to watch a soccer game.
Many Iranian prisoners also commit suicide due to harsh prison conditions and the violations of their rights.