The suicide rate in Mexico has been increasing since the year 2000, and in 2013 the rate was up to five out 100,000 inhabitants, the National Institute of Statistics (INEGI) said. The institute said that in that period the number of suicides climbed almost 115 percent.
In 2013, 5,909 people committed suicide, which represented 1 percent of all deaths in the country. The INEGI said suicide was the fourteenth most common cause of death in Mexico. This was about 8 percent higher than in 2012 when 5,549 were reported.
The statistics office also said that suicide is more common among men, as the rate among males is 8.1 per 100,000, while among women it is 1.7 per 100,000.
The INEGI said that 40.8 percent of the suicides were committed by youths between the ages of 15 and 29, which translates to a rate of 7.5 suicides per 100,000.
In other disturbing details, the INEGI said that the main methods of suicide is by choking, strangling or suffocation. These methods represent 77.3 of the suicide cases. And the use of a firearm was used by males in 10.9 percent of the cases, while women use poison as a method of suicide in 21.8 percent of the cases.