Youth Suicide in the World and Views of Holy Quran about Suicide


1 Assistant Professor of Otorhinolaryngology, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

2 Ibn-e- Sina Hospital, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.

3 Midwifery MSc; instructor, Midwifery department, Sabzevar University of Medical Sciences, Sabzevar, Iran.

4 Advisor to the President of the University, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.

5 Students Research Committee, Faculty of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.


Over 800,000 people die due to suicide every year and there are many more who attempt suicide. Hence, many millions of people are affected or experience suicide bereavement every year. Suicide occurs throughout the lifespan and was the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year olds globally in 2012. It is a global phenomenon in all regions of the world; Suicide accounted for 1.4% of all deaths worldwide, making it the 15th leading cause of death in 2012.
The Quran makes it clear that human life is sacred.  Life cannot be taken without justification and the right to life is inherent in the tenants of Islam.  Life itself is a gift from the Creator that we are obliged to care for.    Suicide out of despair of God’s mercy or worldly problems is strictly forbidden.