“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 global public health problems and the aim of a lot of prevention campaigns not always with good results. The new disturbing data is the rising suicide rates among adolescents.

Every year some 800,000 people take their own lives in the world, a figure which highlights a serious global public health problem that requires “urgent measures”, as stated in a news release from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Suicide global epidemic. Only some countries have a state plan of prevention.

The report — which covers data and estimates for the year 2016 for 183 countries and does not show any major changes in recent years — laments that, despite the fact that one person dies every 40 seconds from suicide, prevention strategies are far from being global: only 38 of these countries (Spain is not one of them) has a state plan to reduce the number of suicides.

“Promote mental health and well-being” between the groups of people more affected to control suicide global epidemic

According to WHO data, the overall suicide rate in 2016 was 10.5 cases per 100,000 population, although large variations were noted between countries, with levels that reached 48.3 cases in males per 100,000 population in the Russian Federation or 34.5 cases, also in males, in Ukraine. Spain, like other countries in the Mediterranean, is among the nations with the lowest figures, with about 6 cases on average per 100,000 population (3.1 in women and 9.3 in men). But in the increase in adolescent population  (See more HERE).