Every forty seconds someone in the world dies of suicide. The WHO, the UN health organization, reports this on Monday in a report on this subject. More people die each year from suicide than from war.
Also, more people worldwide die from suicide than from the effects of malaria, breast cancer or murder, the WHO notes. In total, 800,000 people die each year from suicide.
Among young people between 15 and 29 years old, suicide is the second cause of death, after traffic accidents.
In affluent countries, the number of men committing suicide is three times as high as the number of women. These numbers are more evenly distributed in poor countries.
WHO asks the government to make better prevention plans
The WHO urges governments to make good plans to help people who struggle with stress and therefore think about suicide. "Suicide is a major health problem worldwide that affects all ages and all religions," the report says.
The World Health Organization also wants to make it harder to buy pesticides because they are increasingly being used to commit suicide. In Sri Lanka, a ban on the use of pesticides has led to a huge drop in suicide rates.
If you want to talk about suicide, go to 113.nl or call the helpline for suicide prevention: 0900-0113.
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