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Over 700,000 people commit suicide annually – WHO

The World Health Organisation says over 700,000 people globally commit suicide every year with 77 percent of all global suicides occurring in low and middle-income…

The World Health Organisation says over 700,000 people globally commit suicide every year with 77 percent of all global suicides occurring in low and middle-income countries.

Walter Kazadi Mulombo,  WHO Nigeria Country Representative, disclosed this Sunday in a statement to mark this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day.

According to him, for every suicide, there are likely 20 other people making a suicide attempt and many more have serious thoughts of suicide. 

He said: “Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death among 15-29-year-olds. Every case of suicide is a tragedy that affects families, communities and entire country and it has long-lasting effects on the people left behind.”  

Mulombo said suicides were preventable with timely, evidence-based and often low-cost interventions.