Slightly puzzled by this; can anyone explain the apparent disjunction between the happy childhoods they seem to enjoy in the top five counties in the Unicef survey, The Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Spain and the likelihood that adults — at least adult males — in those countries will go on to kill themselves?
Male suicide for adult males per 100,000 (for most recent year available): Netherlands: 13.0; Sweden: 19.7; Denmark 20.9; Finland 34.6; Spain 12.4.
The comparable rates for bottom-ranked countries when it comes to happy childhoods are: Portugal 8.5; Austria 27.3; Hungary 47.1; USA 17.6; UK 11.8.
I’d have thought that happier children would tend to grow up to become happy adults and that, by the same token, the stresses and unhappinesses that lead adults to take their own lives would tend to communicate themselves to the children. But apparently not.