1 person dies by suicide every 40 seconds, says WHO
2019-09-09 from cbc.ca
WHO's director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called on all countries to incorporate proven suicide prevention strategies into their national health programs. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)
Across the world, one person takes their own life every 40 seconds, and more people die by suicide every year than in war, the World Health Organization said on Monday.
Hanging, poisoning and shooting are the most common suicide methods, the WHO said as it urged governments to adopt suicide prevention plans to help people cope with stress and to reduce access to suicide means.
"Suicide is a global public health issue. All ages, sexes and regions of the world are affected [and] each loss is one too many," the WHO's report said. Suicide was the second leading cause of death among young people aged between 15 and 29, after road injury, and among teenage girls aged 15 to 19 it was the second biggest killer after maternal conditions. In teenage boys, suicide ranked third behind road injury and interpersonal violence.
Overall, close to 800,000 people die by suicide every year — more than are killed by malaria or breast cancer, or by war or homicide, the WHO said.
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