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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

Mauritania, officially known as the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, is located in Northwest Africa on the Atlantic coast. The country boasts a unique culture with traditional Moorish architecture, intricate geometric designs and courtyards, and a rich culinary heritage where dishes like "thieboudienne" (a fish and rice dish) reflect the nation's diverse flavours.

The Sahara Desert dominates much of the country's landscape. It plays a pivotal role in the daily lives of its inhabitants, the Moors - famous for their nomadic traditions, hospitality, and iconic attire of flowing robes and turbans.

Islam is the predominant faith in Mauritania, with most of the population adhering to the Maliki school of Sunni Islam. Various indigenous African beliefs are practised alongside Islam, contributing to the country's unique cultural identity.

The legal system in Mauritania is Islamic law (Sharia) combined with Customary Law and procedures from French Civil Law. Like many nations, Mauritania inherited colonial-era laws from France. Although France has long decriminalized suicide, it has remained in the corpus of other laws around the world.

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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