Suicide needs attention as a public health problem: WHO

On the World Suicide Prevention Day, commemorated every year on September 10th, WHO calls for collective efforts to reach out to those in need of support.


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At the individual level, early identification of mental disorders and appropriate management and recognition of suicidal behaviors is helpful.

Large-scale advocacy efforts are required to reduce the stigma related to suicides.

The WHO's South-East Asia Region contributes to 39% of global suicides.

Suicide in the region is mainly a problem of the younger age groups.

"As large numbers of people in the region are predominantly rural, the occurrence of suicides is generally much higher in the rural parts of South-East Asia. Suicide is preventable with timely, evidence-based low-cost interventions. Measures can be taken at population, subpopulation and individual levels to prevent suicide and suicide attempts," said Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, regional director, WHO South-East Asia region.


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