World Mental Health Day 2019: WHO Calls for Strategies to Prevent Suicide Globally

by Iswarya on  October 10, 2019 at 12:01 PM Mental Health News
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WHO calls for developing and implementing strategies on world mental health day to prevent suicide and promote mental health.
World Mental Health Day 2019: WHO Calls for Strategies to Prevent Suicide Globally
World Mental Health Day 2019: WHO Calls for Strategies to Prevent Suicide Globally

Ahead of the World Mental Health Day, to be observed on Thursday, Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia, said the region's member states are taking important steps to address the issue.

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In line with the regional strategy for preventing suicide, all the countries are working to develop and implement comprehensive, multisectoral suicide prevention strategies, she said.

Suicide is a public health problem, according to the WHO. An estimated 8 lakh people globally commit suicide every year, which equates to around one person every 40 seconds. Suicide is the leading cause of death among young people aged between 15 and 29.

Though suicide is a global issue, nearly 79 percent of suicides occur in low and middle-income countries. The Southeast Asia region is the world's most affected area, accounting for 39 percent of global suicide mortality.

Singh said national policies or strategies for suicide prevention should be developed and implemented in line with the evidence, best practices, and international and regional human rights conventions. To do that, appropriate budgets should be allocated, she added.

She also said that surveillance for suicide should be established and strengthened and, wherever possible, linked to other sources of data.

Sex and age-disaggregated data ought to be collected and measured, while the direct and indirect costs of suicide and attempted suicide should be collated, Singh said.

Source: IANS

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