Mental illness, suicide and prevention

Mental illness, suicide and prevention

Every year nearly 800,00 people commit suicide worldwide. According to World Health Organization for each suicide there are more than 20 suicide attempts. Anyone could be struggling with suicidal thoughts for various reasons. Suicide is the second leading cause of death after accidents and it is a serious health problem. Whatever might be the reason suicides are preventable if we try.  Every year October 10th is referred as World Mental Health Day and focus is on suicide prevention (WHO). Mental illness is one of the main reasons for suicide. Mental illness is no one’s fault. Helping those who are going through tough times with mental health issues, is responsibility of family, friends and community.

Key facts and figures about suicide

  • Suicides are preventable
  • One person dies by suicide every 40 seconds
  • A prior suicide attempt is an important risk factor for suicide
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year olds
  • Suicide affects people of all age groups in all countries

World Health Organization released a brochure “40 seconds action” to help who suffer from mental illness and suicidal thoughts. To download brochure please visit: https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/mental-health/suicide/flyer-40seconds-web.pdf?sfvrsn=5ba643c_2

Suicide warning signs: Read more

Suicide warning signs

Suicide risk factors : Read more

Suicide risk factors

How to support in a crisis: Read more

Support in crisis

Mental illness in Young adults and Teens: Read more

Mental illness in teens

How to help a friend in need: Read more

Helping a friend in need

Find right specialist for mental illness: Read more

Seeking help for mental illness

Living well and getting through it : Read more

Suicide prevention for living

References:
https://www.who.int/health-topics/suicide#tab=tab_1
https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/suicide-prevention
https://www.iasp.info/index.php


Author: Sumana Rao | Posted on: October 13, 2019

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