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Suicide prevention in Brazil 

Suicide prevention in Brazil
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Suicide prevention in Brazil
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Neury J Botega

, Carlos Felipe Almeida D'Oliveira

, and José M Bertolote

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10.1093/med/9780198570059.003.0130
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date: 17 August 2019

Brazil is the largest, and most populous, country in South America (population estimated in 2005 at 185 million). The low suicide rate in Brazil (around 4 per 100,000 inhabitants/year) is similar to those of most South American countries; however, in some population groups, such as farmers and male adolescents in the Rio Grande do Sul state, and for youngsters living in urban areas and indigenous groups, the rates are considerably higher. In spite of the low national suicide rate, the total number of suicides in 2005 was 8550, which places Brazil amongst the countries with the highest number of suicide deaths (Souza et al. 2002; Oliveira and Lotufo Neto 2003; Brasil—Ministerio da Saude 2006a).

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