Suicide is an important public health problem in China: it is the fifth leading cause of death, and over 30% of the world's suicide deaths take place in China. This chapter reports the epidemiological profile of suicide in China based on detailed mortality statistics provided by the Ministry of Health of China as well as data from Shanghai. The chapter examines suicide rates based on age, gender, urbanity, and marital status and compares the results with findings from the West to highlight the similarities and differences between China and other countries.
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