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WHO Stats for World Suicide Prevention Day (2019)

1.         Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of suicide amongst 15-29 years olds globally (2016)

2.         79% of global suicides occur in low & middle income countries

3.         Suicide rates are highest amongst vulnerable groups (discrimination, violence, trauma, LGBTQ+)

4.         Highest risk factor for suicide is a previous suicide attempt

5.         20% of global suicides are due to pesticide self-poisoning

6.         South Africa does not have a suicide prevention strategy policy

7.         WHO recognises suicide as a public health priority

8.         There are more deaths from suicide than from war and homicide together

9.         1 person dies by suicide every 40 seconds globally

10.       Most common forms of suicide include pesticides, hanging and firearms

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The website is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. For an accurate diagnosis of a mental health disorder, you should seek an evaluation from a qualified mental health professional. If you are feeling suicidal, thinking about hurting yourself, or are concerned that someone you know may be in danger of hurting himself or herself, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK(8255) or the Suicide Hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433), both of which are staffed by certified crisis response professionals, or call 911.