Sumary of Early identify, assess, and manage to prevent suicide:
- Every year 703,000 people take their own life and there are many more people who attempt suicide.
- Every suicide is a tragedy that affects families, communities and entire countries and has long-lasting effects on the people left behind.
- Suicide was the fourth leading cause of death among 15–29-year-olds globally in 2019. Suicide does not just occur in high-income countries, but is a global phenomenon in all regions of the world.
- In fact, over 77% of global suicides occurred in low- and middle-income countries in 2019. For all latest news, follow The Daily Star’s Google News channel.
- however, suicides are preventable with timely, evidence-based and often low-cost interventions.
- While the link between suicide and mental disorders (in particular, depression and alcohol use disorders) is well established in high-income countries, many suicides happen impulsively in moments of crisis with a breakdown in the ability to deal with life stresses, such as financial problems, relationship break-up or chronic pain and illness.
- Suicide rates are also high amongst vulnerable groups who experience discrimination, such as refugees and migrants;
- By far the strongest risk factor for suicide is a previous suicide attempt.