800,000 people commit suicide annually –WHO

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The World Health Organisation has disclosed that more than 800,000 people commit suicide annually, citing it as the second leading cause of death among people between the ages of 15 and 29, in 2016.

In a statement released by WHO on Monday, to commemorate the World Suicide Prevention Day it said the common methods of suicide were hanging and firearms occurring in all countries and regions, whether rich or poor.

“In high-income countries, there is a well-established link between suicide and mental health issues such as depression and alcohol use disorders.

“But many suicides take place on an impulse during moments of crisis,” it said.

The UN health agencies estimated that a person died every 40 seconds by suicide and up to 25 times as many make a suicide attempt.

To help communities to prevent suicides, WHO and the Mental Health Commission of Canada released a toolkit.

The toolkit outlined ways to prevent this serious public health problem, one of which is knowledge of the most commonly used methods, and restrictions of access to these methods.

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