LONDON: Across the world, one person takes their own life every 40 seconds, and more people die by suicide every year than in war.
The World Health Organization said on Monday, hanging, poisoning and shooting are the most common suicide methods. It was the second leading cause of death among young people aged between 15 and 29, after road injury, and among teenage girls aged 15 to 19 it was the second biggest killer after maternal conditions. In teenage boys, suicide ranked third behind road injury and interpersonal violence.
Global rates have fallen in recent years – with a 9.8% decrease between 2010 and 2016 – but declines were patchy. In the WHO’s Americas region, for example, rates rose by 6% in between 2010 and 2016.
The report also found that nearly three times as many men as women die by suicide in wealthy countries, in contrast to low- and middle-income countri es, where the rates are more equal.
The WHO urged governments to adopt suicide prevention plans to help people cope with stress and to reduce access to suicide means.- Reuters