Friday, Nov 22 2019 | Time 11:21 Hrs(IST)
image
  • Japan’s to host G20 foreign ministers’ meeting on November 22-23
  • Imran, Trump discuss Afghan peace process, Kashmir over phone
  • Sheikh Hasina leaves for Kolkata to watch India-Bagladesh Test match
  • Germany launches educational project for Islamic religious leaders
  • India & Bangladesh all set for the historic day
  • India & Bangladesh all set for the historic day
  • Trump praises Afghanistan's Ghani for helping with hostages' release
  • Bannister and Charles honoured at World Athletics Heritage Mile night
  • Bannister and Charles honoured at World Athletics Heritage Mile night
  • Six killed, 9 injured in road accident in Mandya district
  • Bolivia’s Morales says video clip interim government plans to use to sue him edited
  • Nationwide rally in Colombia marked by violence between protesters, police – Reports
  • Portugal Challenger: Mukund-Prashanth reach doubles' semi-final
  • Portugal Challenger: Mukund-Prashanth reach doubles' semi-final
  • Israel PM Netanyahu charged with corruption
World


One person dies by suicide every 40 seconds: new WHO report

One person dies by suicide every 40 seconds: new WHO report

United Nations, Sep 11 (UNI) Despite progress in national prevention strategies, one person dies by suicide every 40 seconds, the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Director-General has lamented, highlighting key findings of the agency’s latest report on global suicide estimates.

Speaking in Geneva ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day, recognised on 10 September, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “every death is a tragedy for family friends and colleagues,” yet many more suicides can be prevented. All countries should “incorporate proven suicide prevention strategies into national health and education programmes in a sustainable way”, he added.

Since WHO’s first report on the issue was filed in 2014, the number of countries with national suicide prevention strategies has increased, and now stands at 38. However, this participation “is still far too few and governments need to commit to establishing them”, WHO said.

Facts and figures on suicide.

Close to 800,000 people die by suicide every year, and for each death, there are more than 20 suicide attempts. Every year, suicide accounts for more deaths than war and homicide combined, and is the second leading cause of death among those aged 15-29, behind road injury, the health agency reports.

Globally, 79 per cent of suicides occur in low- and middle-income countries, however high-income countries have the highest rates of suicide. Incidents are three times higher among men than women in wealthier countries, while these rates are more equal in poorer nations.

Addressing causes, the link between suicide and mental health in well-established in high-income countries, however “many suicides happen impulsively in moments of crisis”, according to WHO.

“Experiencing conflict, disaster, violence, abuse or loss and a sense of isolation are strongly associated with suicidal behavior” WHO outlines in its list of key facts. Vulnerable groups who experience discrimination show higher rates of suicide and “by far, the strongest risk factor for suicide is a previous suicide attempt.”

The complex issue demands coordination across multiple sectors to boost prevention. Stigma surrounding mental disorders, lack of awareness of suicide as a major health problem, and a taboo in many societies to openly discussing it, means many people contemplating suicide are not getting adequate help.

WHO recommends better training of health workers and non-specialists alike in assessing and managing suicidal behavior in its guidelines for prevention, along with early treatment of mental health disorders, effective monitoring of alcohol and substance use, responsible reporting by the media, and reducing access to means of suicide.

20 per cent of global suicides down to pesticide poisoning

Pesticide poisoning, which the agency identifies as a less-commonly used but tragically “highly effective strategy”, accounts for 20 per cent of global suicides. Due to the high toxicity of many chemicals used in suicide attempts, this method often results in death.

Regulations of highly hazardous pesticides in Sri Lanka have cut suicides by 70 percent, saving an estimated 93,000 lives in a ten-year span, and halved suicide deaths from poisoning in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea between 2011 and 2013, WHO’s report shows.

WHO recognizes suicide as a “public health priority.” In 2008, the WHO Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) launched as an evidence-based guide to scale up service for mental, neurological and substance use disorders.

WHO’s action plan for 2013-2020 sets a global target of reducing suicide rates by 10 per cent by 2020; in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which sets a target of cutting suicide rates by one third up to 2030.

On World Suicide Prevention Day this Tuesday, WHO in collaboration with global partners, will launch the 40 seconds of action campaign to raise awareness of suicide around the world and methods of prevention. Campaign efforts will continue throughout 10 October on World Mental health Day, with suicide prevention as this year’s theme.

UNi SNU 1603

More News
Sheikh Hasina leaves for Kolkata to watch India-Bagladesh Test match

Sheikh Hasina leaves for Kolkata to watch India-Bagladesh Test match

22 Nov 2019 | 10:43 AM

Dhaka, Nov 22 (UNI) Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left Dhaka for Kolkata on Friday morning to watch the second Test match of a two-match Test series between Bangladesh and India.

see more..

Germany launches educational project for Islamic religious leaders

22 Nov 2019 | 10:01 AM

Berlin, Nov 22 (UNI) In a bid to reduce foreign influence on it's Islamic religious leaders, the German government has launched a pilot project to educate imams on its soil.

see more..
Trump praises Afghanistan's Ghani for helping with hostages' release

Trump praises Afghanistan's Ghani for helping with hostages' release

22 Nov 2019 | 9:23 AM

Washington, Nov 22 (UNI) US President Donald Trump praised Afghan President Ashraf Ghani for his support in the release of two Western hostages in Taliban captivity, White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere said.

see more..
Israel PM Netanyahu charged with corruption

Israel PM Netanyahu charged with corruption

22 Nov 2019 | 7:57 AM

Jerusalem, Nov 22 (UNI) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust by country's attorney general in connection with three separate cases, making him the first Israeli premier to be indicted while in office.

see more..
Four Indian-origin ministers in new Canada govt

Four Indian-origin ministers in new Canada govt

21 Nov 2019 | 8:00 PM

Ottawa, Nov 21 (UNI) Four Indian-origin persons figured in Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's new 36-member cabinet. The cabinet Trudeau unveiled on Wednesday features seven new faces. Among them is Anita Anand, Minister of public services and procurement.

see more..
image