Questions and Answers on Suicide

Questions and answers on suicide

Online Q&A
September 2014

Q: Is suicide really a problem? How many people die by suicide every year?

A: Every year over 800 000 people die as a result of suicide. This is one death every 40 seconds. Beyond this, suicide has a ripple effect that impacts on societies, communities, friends and families who have lost a loved one to suicide. So, yes, suicide really is a serious public health problem.

Q: How many people attempt suicide every year?

A: There are indications that for each adult who died of suicide there were likely to be more than 20 others attempting suicide....

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http://www.who.int/features/qa/24/en/index.html

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