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Comment published on 1 July 2016, see Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13(7), 671.

Reply published on 1 July 2016, see Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13(7), 672.

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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13(6), 552; doi:10.3390/ijerph13060552

Increase in Suicide Rates by Hanging in the Population of Tabasco, Mexico between 2003 and 2012

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División Académica Multidisciplinaria de Comalcalco, Universidad Juárez Autónoma de Tabasco, Comalcalco, Tabasco 86650, Mexico
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División Académica de Jalpa de Méndez, Universidad Juárez Autónoma de Tabasco, Cunduacán, Tabasco 86205, Mexico
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Subdirección de Investigaciones Clínicas, Instituto Nacional de Psiquiatría Ramón de la Fuente Muñiz, Mexico City 14370, Mexico
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División Académica de Ciencias de la Salud, Universidad Juárez Autónoma de Tabasco, Villahermosa, Tabasco 86150, Mexico
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Hospital General de Yajalón, Secretaría de Salud, Yajalón, Chiapas 29930, Mexico
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Hospital de Alta Especialidad “Gustavo A. Rovirosa P”, Villahermosa, Tabasco 86020, Mexico
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Instituto Nacional de Medicina Genómica (INMEGEN), Servicios de Atención Psiquiátrica (SAP), Secretaría de Salud, Mexico city 14610, Mexico
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Academic Editor: Paul S.F. Yip
Received: 10 February 2016 / Revised: 21 April 2016 / Accepted: 23 May 2016 / Published: 1 June 2016
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Abstract

Background: Worldwide, the suicide rate is decreasing. To examine changes in the rates of completed suicide in the Mexican population from 2003 to 2012, we analyzed these changes according to: (i) the method of suicide; (ii) age group and (iii) gender. Methods: The data analyzed were obtained from governmental organizations from the State of Tabasco, Mexico. The data provided 1836 cases of subjects born and residing in Tabasco, who completed suicide in this state. Results: Suicide by hanging was a common choice of suicide method for Mexicans. The rate of suicide by hanging increased from 5.80 to 6.49 per 100,000 persons between 2003 and 2012, a rate percentage increase of 11.89%. Conclusions: Hanging was found to be the most common choice of suicide in the Mexican population, probably because the materials required are easily available and the method does not require complicated techniques, especially in the 55–64 age group. Strategies for prevention and intervention should be developed for the Mexican population considering suicide rates by age group and gender. View Full-Text
Keywords: Mexican population; completed suicide; suicide rate; suicide trends; suicide methods Mexican population; completed suicide; suicide rate; suicide trends; suicide methods
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Hernández-Alvarado, M.M.; González-Castro, T.B.; Tovilla-Zárate, C.A.; Fresán, A.; Juárez-Rojop, I.E.; López-Narváez, M.L.; Villar-Soto, M.; Genis-Mendoza, A. Increase in Suicide Rates by Hanging in the Population of Tabasco, Mexico between 2003 and 2012. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13, 552.

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