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WHO: One suicide every 40 seconds

Sep 05, 2014, 4:25 PM EDT
Kashmiri students hold placards during a rally on World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, 2013 in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian administered Kashmir, India.
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The World Health Organization has issued a new report that details the statistic of one suicide every 40 seconds. It has tallied 800,000 suicides a year, but has mentioned that with proper dedication and time, such a health problem is not out of the realm of fixing.

CNN describes some of the report:

The research found that suicide killed more people each year than conflicts and natural catastrophes, accounting for more than half of the world's 1.5 million violent deaths annually, World Health Organization staff told reporters at its presentation in Geneva.
 
The report, the U.N. agency's first on the subject, analyzed data on suicides from 172 countries, and took a decade to compile.
 
Setting a goal to cut national suicide rates by 10 percent by 2020, the organization said suicide was a major but preventable health problem that health authorities had failed to adequately address due to a number of complicated factors.
 
Arab News discusses more of the demographics of the study:
 
Some of the highest rates of suicide are found in central and eastern Europe and in Asia, with 25 percent occurring in rich countries, the report says.
 
Men are almost twice as likely as women to take their own lives. Common methods are hanging, gunshots, and especially in rural areas the use of poisonous insecticides.
 
“Globally, suicide rates are highest in people aged 70 years and over. In some countries, however, the highest rates are found among the young,” WHO said. “Notably, suicide is the second leading cause of death in 15-29 year-olds globally.”
 
Alexandra Fleischmann, one of the report’s coauthors, said part of the blame lies with the publicity given to suicides by famous people, such as Hollywood actor Robin Williams.

 

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