One million people commit suicide every year, says WHO

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World Suicide Prevention Day

Every 40 seconds a person commits suicide which claims the lives of almost one million people every year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

WHO says that suicide, which is surrounded by stigma and silence, kills more people than murder, conflict and war combined.

September 10 is marked every year as World Suicide Prevention Day to put the spotlight on the problem. 

Dr. Shekhar Saxena, Director of WHO's Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse says suicide is hidden from public view. 

"Almost one million people every year commit suicide and there are about 20 times that number who attempt it and the people who attempt it also suffer from serious physical as well as mental consequences. These figures amount to a completed suicide every 40 seconds. Generally men complete suicide more often than women although women attempt suicide more often than men."

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Dr. Saxena says suicide is also attracting a lot of attention because of the socio-economic difficulties that the world is currently experiencing.

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