Friday, November 16 2018
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A death by suicide every 40 seconds

A death by suicide every 40 seconds

Somebody dies by taking their own life every 40 seconds, according to a significant report by the World Health Organization (WHO). It analysed 10 years of research and data on suicide from around the world. It concluded: Around 800,000 people kill themselves every year; it was the second leading cause of death in young people, aged 15 to 29; those over 70 were the most likely to take their own lives; three-quarters of these deaths were in low and middle income countries; in richer countries, three times as many men as women die by suicide. It said limiting access to firearms and toxic chemicals was shown to reduce rates of suicide. And that introducing a national strategy for reducing suicides was effective, yet had been developed in only a minority of countries.