WHO calls for more prevention methods: suicide every 40 seconds

Every 40 seconds, someone takes his life. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), suicide costs more lives than wars, breast cancer, murders, or malaria. The organization, therefore, calls for the integration of proven suicide prevention methods into national health and education programs.

Every year, an average of around 800,000 people die as a result of suicide, the organization reports. It is the second cause of death among young people aged 15 to 29, after traffic accidents. Besides, more than half of the victims are younger than 45.

On average, in 2016, the last year for which figures were available, 10.5 out of 100,000 people committed suicide. The differences between countries are substantial. Guyana is at the top of the list, with over 30 victims per 100,000 inhabitants. Russia follows this.

“We call on all countries to include proven suicide prevention methods in their national health and education programs,” says WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. It would also often be competent to restrict access to pesticides used by people who want to poison themselves.

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