Number of suicides globally in young people, 2016
Suicides by young people in the prime of life continue to be a cause of concern in India. If Indian states were countries, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and West Bengal would have the third, fourth and fifth worst rates of female suicide in the world (only Greenland and Lesotho are worse).
The three Indian states with the highest age-standardized suicide rates among men— Tripura, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu—would be the 11th, 17th and 20th highest in the world if they were countries.
India’s southern states are more developed, but also more suicide-prone. This follows a global pattern, with more developed states having higher suicide rate