Understanding the Causes of Suicide and Spotting Early Warning Signs

According to the World Health Organisation, an estimated 800 000 people die by suicide each year, which represents one death every 40 seconds. Globally, men are at a greater risk of death by suicide than women, who have higher rates of attempted suicide. In the past, elderly males were the group at greatest risk of death by suicide. Rates among young people are increasing to such an extent, however, that they are now the group at highest risk in a third of both developed and developing countries. This is especially worrying when one considers that the number of elderly...

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