Belarus is ranked number 10 in the world regarding total suicide per 100,000 people. Starting in the late 90s, the numbers have started to go down, but in recent years, they have started going back up again. What seems to be one of the leading causes is alcohol consumption and abuse. The majority of those who committed suicide had been abusing alcohol for at least a year. It doesn’t help that alcohol is cheap and very easy to obtain, which further exacerbates the problem. To make matters worse, many Belarusians don’t seek the help that they need because they’re afraid of going on record as receiving psychiatric help. As a result, very few people who have committed suicide have sought out any kind of psychiatric support beforehand.