Risks of suicide are higher in medical students

Suicide is the most common, but avoidable, cause of death among young people. Although there is no scientific evidence showing that suicide rates are higher in medical students than in the general population, there are data confirming that perfectionism and intense anxiety and...

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...

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...

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...

Increasing suicide figures among doctors in the United States. Causes and effects

The term burnout (considered the main cause of suicide) is being used by the media and medical journals worldwide with an increasing rate, why? In this matter, an article affirms, “There is a severe and worsening epidemic of physician burnout in the United States, which...

Economic funds allocated in Britain for the prevention of suicide. Suicide latest figures.

New funding in England has been allocated to suicide prevention, around 28.6 million Euros. The aim is to reduce suicides by 10% by 2021, although its final goal is to achieve the desired “zero suicides” for patients with psychiatric disorders. This money is primarily allocated...

Mental health crisis in United Kingdom’s schools with worrying deliberate self-harm and suicide rates

National Children’s Bureau recent report synthesises the increasing problem of the children in a clue moment of their formation. The authors affirm “We are facing a mental health crisis in our classrooms. The growing number of children and young people experiencing...
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