Suicide is the act of a human being intentionally causing his or her own death. Over one million people commit suicide every year, a “global” mortality rate of 16 per 100,000, or one death every 40 seconds. In the last 45 years suicide rates have increased by 60% worldwide. Rates of suicide are higher in men than in women.
Worldwide, the prevention of suicide has not been adequately addressed due to basically a lack of awareness of suicide as a major problem and the taboo in many societies to discuss openly about it. In fact, only a few countries have included prevention of suicide among their priorities. That’s why it should be important for us to get to know what are things which causes suicide and what are the symptoms.
It is clear that suicide prevention requires intervention also from outside the health sector and calls for an innovative, comprehensive multi-sectoral approach, including both health and non-health sectors, e.g. education, labour, police, justice, religion, law, politics, the media.
And if somehow you are feeling suicidal, what is the first thing you better do is give yourself some time to say, “I’m going to wait twenty-four hours before I do anything.” Next, try and take some action to feel better. Talking to a friend, or some resource like a hot-line.