WHO: Death By Suicide Occurs Every 40 Seconds

Bloomberg News (9/4, Kitamura) reported that according to a report (9/5) issued by the World Health Organization, “a death by suicide occurs every 40 seconds somewhere in the world.” The WHO’s first-ever global report on suicide also found that approximately “three-quarters of those suicides occur in low- and middle-income countries, where self-poisoning by pesticide is the leading cause, and other common methods include hanging and firearms, the WHO said.”

McClatchy (9/5, Zarocostas, Subscription Publication) reports that around the world, “an estimated 804,000 people killed themselves in 2012, a rate of about 11.4 per 100,000 population.” Men “were almost twice as likely as females to kill themselves, WHO reported, with a rate of 15.0 per 100,000 for men, versus 8.0 for women.” In the US, “of the 43,361 Americans who killed themselves in 2012, 34,055 were male and 9,306 for female.”

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— “Suicide Every 40 Seconds Requires Prevention Measures,” Makiko Kitamura, Bloomberg News, September 4, 2014.

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