World Suicide Prevention Day: WHO Warns That 800,000 People Commit Suicide, Annually

World Suicide Prevention Day: WHO Warns That 800,000 People Commit Suicide, Annually

A person’s suicide affects emotionally up to ten individuals in his/her immediate environment and can cause one of the family members to try to commit suicide, at his/her turn, or develop “pathological mourning,” say experts. As part of World Suicide Prevention Day, celebrated today, September 10th, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that about 800,000 people commit suicide and many more try doing it, every year.

Suicide is one of the leading causes of deaths worldwide for many years

“Each suicide is a tragedy that affects families, communities, and countries and has lasting effects on those close to the suicidal person,” says the WHO.

For months or even years before taking their lives, these people develop behaviors associated with grief, sadness, apathy, eating disorders, sleeping deprivation, high levels of irritability, hypersensitivity, and lack of concentration among others.

World Suicide Prevention Day aims to raise awareness and provide action to prevent suicides worldwide and is organized by the International Association for Suicide Prevention and the World Health Organization.

Suicide has been among the leading causes of death worldwide for many years, and experts say more measures need to be taken to address how we view the suicidal behaviors.

Suicide rates are higher among men, says the WHO, but a more worrying aspect shapes up

World Suicide Prevention Day is an annual event that takes place every year on September 10th to raise awareness about suicide, to talk openly about it, as well as about mental disorders which are the leading cause for suicides.

People who are suicidal often think that no one cares about them, so being heard and listened can make a big difference for them.

The suicide rate is higher among men, but the most worrying fact is the increase in self-inflicted injuries rate in young women. According to WHO and the Children’s Society, one in four 14-year-old girls self-injured in the past year.


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