WHO news release: Suicide: one person dies every 40 seconds (2)

11 September, 2019

From the WHO website: https://www.who.int/health-topics/suicide#tab=tab_3

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Much can be done to prevent suicide. WHO recommends four key interventions which have proven to be effective:

restricting access to means

helping young people develop skills to cope with life’s pressures

early identification and management of people who are thinking about suicide or who have made a suicide attempt, keeping follow-up contact in the short and longer-term

working with the media to ensure responsible reporting of suicide.

Collectively, WHO’s approach to suicide prevention is known as LIVE LIFE (leadership, interventions, vision and evaluation). This approach is the basis on which comprehensive national suicide prevention strategies should be developed.

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Stigma and taboo

Stigma, particularly surrounding mental disorders and suicide, means many people thinking of taking their own life or who have attempted suicide are not seeking help and are therefore not getting the help they need. The prevention of suicide has not been adequately addressed due to a lack of awareness of suicide as a major public health problem and the taboo in many societies to openly discuss it. To date, only a few countries have included suicide prevention among their health priorities and only 38 countries report having a national suicide prevention strategy.

Raising community awareness and breaking down the taboo is important for countries to make progress in preventing suicide.

https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/suicide

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Best wishes, Neil

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