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Suicide: Second Leading Cause of Death in 15- to 29-Year-Olds

Suicide was the second leading cause of death among 15- to 29-year-olds in 2016, according to sobering data from the World Health Organization.1 Only road injuries claimed more lives in this age group. Further, nearly 800,000 people take their own life worldwide every year, with 79% of suicides taking place in low- and middle-income countries, WHO reported.  However, high-income countries had the highest rate of suicide, at 11.5 per 100,000 people.2 WHO first called on countries to implement suicide prevention strategies five years ago with the publication of their first global report on suicide. The number of countries implementing such plans has increased since then, but still only 38 countries have committed to suicide prevention activities.  “Despite progress,” said WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, “one person still dies every 40 seconds from suicide.”  Read more....

 

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