Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, the World Health Organisation WHO has announced that it will be releasing a 40seconds action campaign on how to prevent suicide.
Noting that nearly 800,000 people commit suicide each year more than those killed by war and homicide or breast cancer, the Director-General of the UN health agency Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, made this known via the microblogging site.
Tedros took to Twitter to share a series of tweet on suicide and it’s prevention, emphasising that one person dies every 40 seconds from suicide.
As studied in a recent report, WHO disclosed that the global suicide rate fell between 2010 and 2016, but the number of deaths has remained stable because of a growing global population.
Tedros then called on all countries to prevent suicide by implementing strategies into national health and education programmes. “Suicides are preventable. We are calling on all countries to incorporate proven suicide prevention strategies into national health and education programmes in a sustainable way.”, he added in a statement.