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A case of suicide happening every 40 seconds around the world – WHO

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday published a report on suicide worldwide. The report said one person commits suicide every 40 seconds, more than those killed in wars, killings or breast cancer. Egypt topped the list of Arab countries in terms of the number of suicides in 2016, with 3799 suicides.

In a report published by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday, the organization sounded the alarm about the global suicide rate .Suicide every 40 seconds, bringing the number, according to the report to 800 thousand people annually, more than those killed in wars, killings or breast cancer.

More than half of all suicides worldwide are under the age of 45. Among young people aged 15 to 29, suicide comes second after road accidents as the leading cause of death. Hanging, shooting and poisoning of pesticides, especially in rural areas, are the most common methods of suicide.

Interestingly, the report showed that high-income countries had a higher rate of suicides than other middle-income countries.

Egypt .. the first Arab in the number of suicides

The report divided the countries of the world by continents.In Africa and Asia, which hosts all Arab countries, Egypt surpassed the Arab countries that are experiencing armed conflicts and civil wars, where it witnessed 3799 suicides in 2016, and the number of men committed suicide exceeded the number of women suicides (3095 vs. 704).

The second Arab Sudan with 3,205 suicides, followed by Yemen with 2,335 suicide .

Algeria came in fourth place with 1299 suicides, then Iraq with 1128 cases and Saudi Arabia in fifth place with 1035 cases. Morocco is the only Arab country with a notable increase in female suicide rates, with 613 cases compared to 400 cases for males.

“Different cultures and religious controls affect the personal behavior of the suicide bomber.”

Dr. Suhair Lutfi, former head of the National Center for Social and Criminal Research, considers that the phenomenon of suicide is an old negative individual behavior that is always used as a negative means to face life crises. “Since it is an individual behavior, it naturally varies from case to case and the factors affecting the individual, such as mental disorder, emotional instability, and so on,” she said.

The report attributed the high rates of suicide in developed countries to other middle-income countries. In fact, when social crises pile up on individuals, the idea of ​​suicide begins with young people as a quick negative exit from the crisis.

With regard to the spread of the phenomenon among young people, Dr. Lutfi explained the age group, saying that the word “try” is the easiest among young people, and the spread of the culture of rebellion on the community and prove “masculinity” to resort to suicide.

The global suicide rate has fallen relatively between 2010 and 2016, but the number of deaths has remained stable due to a growing global population, the group said.

Preventive campaign on World Suicide Day

The World Health Organization is scheduled to launch a month-long preventive campaign starting on World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September, including the launch of a reference booklet for filmmakers.

This booklet warns against the dangers of characterizing and photographing suicide as it has been shown to lead to counterfeit suicides among people with mental health problems.


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