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The English - Speaking Caribbean

Injuries including those that are self - inflicted result s in 12% of the world’s burden of disease. In the case of attempted suicide, this attracts global disability adjusted life years lost (11%) throughout the World, while in the Caribbean, potentia l years of life lost represents 27%. These are manifested in the form of (i) microfracture of vertebrae; (ii) echimosis (from asphyxiation); (iii) long - term developmental, reproductive and systemic effects (from poisoning); inter alia. The aim of the study wa s t o a naly z e the impact of self - inflicting violence on the well - being of individuals in the English - Speaking Caribbean. Information was obtained via field research (convenience and snowball sampling), police statistics using the Statistical Packa ge for Social Scientists (SPSS) 17.0 to analy z e the data . Self - inflicting violence in the form of attempted suicide has shown constant increase over the period 2005 (N=121) to 2006 (N=134), but a slight decline in 2007 (N=133) . Attempted suicide was significantl y dominant among female than male, especially those within the 10 - 44 age cohort. Males were more likely to fail at attempted suicide than their female counterparts were over the period 2003 - 2007 (male = 225, female = 38). The method of suicide most practiced in Jamaica over the period 2003 - 2008 was hanging, followed by shooting, poisoning and drowning. The least practiced methods were jum ping and electrocution. I n 2008, causes of such suicide methods were as a result of depression (19.1%), domestic matters (10.6 %), mental disorder (8.5%), murder (2.1%), and unknown (59.6%). S elf - inflicting violence ( commonly drug overdose, cutting, hanging, poisoning, shooting ) bears serious socio - medical implications and has economic impact on both individuals and states.

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