Mental health

Preventing suicide: A global imperative

World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: 92
Publication date: 2014
Languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, Finnish, French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish
ISBN: 978 92 4 156477 9


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Executive summaries


Every 40 seconds a person dies by suicide somewhere in the world. Over 800 000 people die by suicide every year. Yet suicides are preventable. “Preventing suicide: a global imperative” is the first WHO report of its kind. It aims to increase awareness of the public health significance of suicide and suicide attempts, to make suicide prevention a higher priority on the global public health agenda, and to encourage and support countries to develop or strengthen comprehensive suicide prevention strategies in a multisectoral public health approach.

The report provides a global knowledge base on suicide and suicide attempts as well as actionable steps for countries based on their current resources and context to move forward in suicide prevention.

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