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Equatorial Guinea


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Equatorial Guinea

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Is Suicide Decriminalised?

Has the country decriminalised suicide, with clear legal frameworks and policy positions?


Are Crisis Lines Available?

Is free, confidential support from a helpline or hotline available? Status provided by find a helpline.


National Suicide Prevention Strategy?

Is there a national suicide prevention strategy, such as from the WHO, and does include decriminalisation, if known?


Population in Need of Support Per Year

Based on the WHO likely attempted suicide rate.

As a calculation of population size against suicide rate

Strength Of Support (Local Qualitative Assessment)

Political Support

Civil Society Support

Religious / Cultural Support

Legislative Activity

Suicide Rate Per 100K Per Year, all Sexes (SDG 3.4.2)

per 100,000
WHO 2019 for SDG 3.4.2. Global average 1 per 100,000

Suicide Deaths Per Year (By Population)

per annum
As a calculation of population size against suicide rate

Equatorial Guinea, officially known as the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, is located on the west coast of Central Africa, bordered by Cameroon to the north and Gabon to the east and south. The country's cultural diversity is a unique blend of African and Spanish influences, with colourful traditions, music, and dance from people, including the Fang, Bubi, and Ndowe.

The majority practice Christianity, primarily Roman Catholicism, while Islam and Indigenous beliefs coexist.

The legal system in Equatorial Guinea is based on a combination of Spanish Civil Law and Customary Law overlapping in family matters relating to marriage and property.

Equatorial Guinea inherited colonial-era laws from Spain at a time when, historically, suicide was a crime. Although Spain has decriminalised suicide, it remains in the corpus of other laws worldwide.

The World Health Organization (WHO) advocates for the decriminalisation of suicide and suicide attempts. Finding out more and removing such laws removes stigma and allows avenues for providing appropriate mental health support to individuals in crisis.

Criminalising suicide punishes distress. Decriminalising suicide saves lives.

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