Why focus on Preventing Suicide Globally?

Suicide is a serious global public health problem. More than 800,000 people worldwide die from suicide every year. For each suicide there are many more people who attempt suicide every year. Suicides are preventable. Multiple sectors, including health, education, labor, agriculture, business and the media have a role to play in suicide prevention.
 
Recent reports from the UK note that there were  6,188 recorded in the U.K. in 2015, an average of almost 17 a day, or two every three hours. In the U.K., suicide is the leading cause of death among women under 35 and men under 50. The World Health Organization estimates that 788,000 people died by suicide globally in 2015. Somewhere in the world, someone takes their life every 40 seconds. And despite advances in science and a growing political and popular focus on mental health, recorded suicides in the U.K. have declined only slightly over the past few decades, from 14.7 per 100,000 people 36 years ago to 10.9 in 2015.
 
The Center for Disease Control (Washington, DC, USA) is a resource of much information on Suicide not only in the USA, but also globally.
 
The World Health Organization has an up-to-date resource in multiple languages: Arabic, English, Finnish, French, Japanese, Russian, Spanish  This link brings you to the latest information by country - note: the highest mortality rate from Suicide is the European region.
 
Read More:
http://nyti.ms/212FMnr    New York Times on suicides
 
Euthanasia in India:
 
Suggestions for Online Media, MessageBoards, Bloggers, & Citizen Journalists
  • Bloggers, citizen journalists, and public commentators can help reduce risk of contagion with posts or links to treatment services, warning signs, and suicide hotlines.
  • Include stories of hope and recovery, information on how to overcome suicidal thinking and increase coping skills.
  • The potential for online reports, photos/videos, and stories to go viral makes it vital that online coverage of suicide follow site or industry safety recommendations.
  • Social networking sites often become memorials to the deceased and should be monitored for hurtful comments and for statements that others are considering suicide. Message board guidelines, policies, and procedures could support removal of inappropriate and/or insensitive posts.