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Every 40 seconds someone dies due to suicide and many more attempt suicide. Close to 800,000 people die every year due to suicide. Anyone anywhere can become its victim. World Health Organisation World Suicide Report calls upon individuals, communities and countries to act now. Suicides are preventable, however:
With a 30% increase since 1999, The United States of America alone has lost nearly 45,000 lives to suicide in 2016. It is important to know and to understand the warning signs for self-harm. Besides these below-mentioned signs, POLHN also offers a free online mental health course for healthcare workers, professionals and communities members at large.
Around 30% of suicides in the world are due to pesticide self-poisoning. Removing access to means of suicide is an effective method of prevention. Establishment and implementation of effective strategies like controlling use and dissemination of pesticides, firearms and certain medications can help with suicide prevention. Early identification and effective management by health workers is a key to ensuring that people receive the care they need.
Everyone can learn the signs of suicide, how to respond, and where to access help. Learning can be structured through an online mental health course. Suicides are preventable and everyone can play a role. This can be a family member, friend or colleague who listens closely or encourages help-seeking, a health worker who openly asks about suicidal thoughts or previous attempts, the community who identifies people at risk and provides support. It can also be a policymaker who takes leadership and brings different stakeholders together. They can all provide social support to vulnerable individuals and engage in follow-up care, fight stigma, and support those bereaved by suicide.
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