Suicide continues to be a devastating public health problem. After decades of prevention programs, it is still far from being controlled

Suicide is a devastating public health problem. However, current figures show that numbers are declining, having gone from 1 million suicides per year worldwide to 800,000 in recent decades, an annual reduction of less than 1%  by year, evidence for effective global interventions...

WHO: one person dies every 40 seconds from suicide. Leading age group of 15 to 29 years!

“Suicide has become the second leading cause of death in the age group of 15 to 29 years” (WHO report) Rate suicide in many Western countries is in the increasing, issue that was addressed by our Observatory many times (see HERE). It is one of the most important...

A review of recent increasing data on worldwide suicide. Dramatic rise among adolescents

A report published by the World Health Organization – WHO dated in September gives a worldwide overview of suicide “epidemic”.  This report summarizes in five points: Close to 800 000 people die due to suicide every year. For every suicide, there are many more...

Existential suffering and assisted suicide. Increasing individuals with worthy lives opt to end their lives. Why?

“Health care professionals and volunteers from a “right-to-die organization” can be the cause of the increasing the assisted suicide requests from existential suffering people” Our Observatory recently published a large study (see HERE) warning the slippery and very...

One in eight UK adults have suicidal thoughts over body image – poll concludes

In a recent study we publish (“Thirteen Reasons Why” devastating effect), we asked “Can TV shows intersect with public health crises without any responsibility? Now a survey include social media and advertising, as Twitter and Instagram, intersecting with crucial health...

Overview of worlwide suicide burden. Deaths from suicide rose 6.7% worldwide between 1990 and 2016

Suicide has been recognized as a major public health problem by the World Health Organization (WHO). In a specific document on this issue published in 2013 (see HERE ), it proposed a plan to reduce suicides by 10% between 2012 and 2020. 10% In January 2018, 28 of the 194...

“Thirteen Reasons Why” devastating effect. According to a study it escalates rates of suicide in youth in the U.S

According to a study published in Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the Netflix show Thirteen Reasons Why was associated with a 28.9% increase in USA youth suicide rates. The study found that following the show’s release, the increase was...

Euthanasia, the other side of the coin. What did patients face after their decision to end their life?

The state of the “art” of the so-called “medical aid to die” shows a lack of a universal protocol, shortage of doctors willing to help people die and many patients have been exposed to doubtful and harmful lethal drugs. A widespread myth is that once the...

Suicide rates dramatically increased in almost every U.S. states. A new paradigm shift is needed

Suicide is not always a symptom of mental illness. “A new paradigm shift is needed”.  According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  is one of the leading public health problems. The CDC found that suicides rose by 30% between 1999...

Parental religious beliefs are associated with lower suicidal tendencies in offspring

Last August, an interesting article was published in JAMA Psychiatry that assessed the extent to which the religiosity of parents might affect suicidal tendencies or attempts in their children. Previous studies have shown an inverse association between offspring religiosity and...
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