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Suicide becomes second leading cause of deaths globally: WHO

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World health organisationAccording to the World health organisation (WHO), about 800,000 people commit suicide every year globally. This number is the second leading cause of death amongst people aged 15-29 in 2019.

In a bid to help to communities to prevent suicides, a toolkit was released by the WHO and the mental health commission of Canada on the World Suicide Prevention Day on Monday.

As per document by the WHO, about four-fifth of the global suicides happen in low and middle-income countries in 2016.

 “Suicides take a high toll. Over 800,000 people die by suicide every year and it is the second leading cause of death in 15-29-year-olds,” the document said.

“The impact on families, friends and communities is devastating and far-reaching, even long after persons dear to them have taken their own lives,” the document added.

It is also estimated that about 20 per cent of the global suicides is self-poisoning and most of the cases are from rural agricultural areas in low- and middle- income countries.

Hanging and firearms are also some of the common methods of suicide.

A link was also established between suicide and mental health issues like depression and alcohol abuse in high-income countries.

The provided toolkit describes ways to prevent this health problem and methods and restrictions of access to these methods.

The document also states that sectors of society need to play an active role in preventing this menace through education and media.

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