Age Standardized Suicide Death Rate Down Globally, Study Shows, Says Targeted Prevention Strategies Needed

Agence France-Presse: Suicide rate falls by a third globally, data shows
“Suicides have fallen globally by more than a third since 1990, according to a far-reaching analysis released Thursday that highlighted profound differences in the number of men and women taking their own lives…” (2/7).

CNN: Global rates of suicide death have fallen by a third since 1990, study finds
“…The international team of researchers, led by Dr. Mohsen Naghavi of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington in Seattle, used data from their 2016 Global Burden of Disease Study to describe patterns of suicide over a nearly three-decade period ending in 2016. Their findings were published Wednesday in the journal The BMJ…” (Scutti, 2/6).

TIME: Global Suicides Have Declined by a Third Since 1990, a Study Finds
“…The report also found that men are more likely to kill themselves than women in all regions and age groups, except for 15- to 19-year-olds. Men account for 15.6 deaths per 100,000 compared with 7.0 among women. The decline in the global suicide rate corresponded with an overall downturn in the global mortality rate among all causes of deaths, suggesting that suicide could be effectively reduced if dealt with like any other illnesses…” (Quackenbush, 2/7).

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