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Today is World Suicide Prevention Day

Today, September 10, is World Suicide Prevention Day. The day promotes worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides.

"Working Together to Prevent Suicide" is the theme of the 2019 World Suicide Prevention Day and this theme was chosen internationally as it highlights the most essential ingredient for effective global suicide prevention: Collaboration.

Suicide is complex with psychological, social, biological, cultural and environmental factors involved.

On average, almost 3000 people commit suicide daily. For every person who completes a suicide, 20 or more may attempt to end their lives.

Every year, almost one million people die from suicide; a "global" mortality rate of 16 per 100,000, or one death every 40 seconds.

In the last 45 years suicide rates have increased by 60% worldwide.

Suicide is among the three leading causes of death among those aged 15-44 years in some countries, and the second leading cause of death in the 10-24 years age group; these figures do not include suicide attempts which are up to 20 times more frequent than completed suicide.

Suicide worldwide is estimated to represent 1.8% of the total global burden of disease in 1998, and 2.4% in countries with market and former socialist economies in 2020.

Source: Kofi Atakora/

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