Suicide report by WHODate: 11 September 2019 Tags: Reports & Indices
A fact sheet released by the World Health Organization shows that close to 8 lakh people die due to suicide every year. This means, suicides account for one death every 40 seconds.
Suicide is a global phenomenon and occurs throughout the lifespan. Effective and evidence-based interventions can be implemented at population, sub-population and individual levels to prevent suicide and suicide attempts.
Report has also observed that behind every successful suicide, there are more than 20 attempts at taking one’s life.
Against a global average of 10.53 deaths due to suicide (per 100,000 population) Europe tends to register the maximum deaths due to suicide while Eastern Mediterranean reports the lowest average.
The report also shows country-specific rates of a wide variety of countries both in terms of geography and resource allocation as well as in terms of economic prosperity.
The report also said that while suicide was the second leading cause of death among 15- to 29-year-olds.
While the link between suicide and mental disorders, like depression is well established, WHO finds that many suicides happen during a crisis and because of an individual’s inability to deal with stress
In methods of suicides , almost 20 per cent of all suicides are due to pesticide self-poisoning.
The use of pesticide points to the setting where such suicides happen which is rural agricultural areas in low- and middle-income countries. Other common methods are hanging and firearms.