One person in the world dies by suicide every 40 seconds, according to the first ever comprehensive report on the issue from the World Health Organization, which talks of a massive toll of tragic and preventable deaths.
There are 800,000 suicides a year. For everyone that succeeds there are 20 that failed. 16,000,000 million attempts, and 800,000 that died (figure is reported to be low to actual numbers).
WHY DO WE HAVE AN EPIDEMIC, AND WHY DOES IT APPEAR TO BE UNIMPORTANT? If we heard that 16,000,000 million people had been infected with EBOLA, and 800,000 died there would have been a public outcry.
The difference is; EBOLA is not stigmatized as self inflicted cause and effect.
WHEN ARE WE GOING TO BEGIN TO SEE THE TRUE COST OF THE ECONOMIC GROWTH PARADIGM?
Suicide rates vary enormously from one country to another around the world – as it is influenced by the cultural, social, religious and economic environments in which people live and sometimes want to stop living. Some of the worst affected countries have more than 40 times more suicides than the least affected areas. But the pressures that cause extreme emotional distress are similar everywhere and there are measures all governments can take to make suicide less likely, says the WHO.
Overall, the Geneva-based UN body estimates that there are at least 800,000 suicides a year. But many countries do not collect good data, there is huge stigma and in a handful of nations suicide is still illegal, so it is highly likely the numbers are an underestimate. Criminalizing suicide does not prevent it – India, where it is illegal, has one of the higher suicide rates in the world at almost 21 deaths per 100,000 people against a global average of 11.