Estimated 800K People Die By Suicide Each Year, WHO Report Says On World Suicide Prevention Day

U.N. News: One person dies by suicide every 40 seconds: new U.N. health agency report
“Despite progress in national prevention strategies, one person dies by suicide every 40 seconds, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Director-General lamented on Monday, highlighting key findings of the agency’s latest report on global suicide estimates. Speaking in Geneva ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day, recognized on 10 September, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, ‘every death is a tragedy for family friends and colleagues,’ yet many more suicides can be prevented. All countries should ‘incorporate proven suicide prevention strategies into national health and education programs in a sustainable way,’ he added…” (9/9).
VOA News: Every 40 Seconds Someone in the World Commits Suicide
“On the eve of World Suicide Prevention Day on Tuesday, the World Health Organization is calling for action to stop the global epidemic, which every year takes the lives of an estimated 800,000 people. The WHO said Monday suicides are preventable and fewer people would die by self-inflicted means if more nations employed proven suicide prevention strategies. And yet, the United Nations agency says only 38 countries are taking life-saving actions…” (Schlein, 9/9).

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