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One person commits suicide every 40 seconds, stigma remains: WHO

Published on Sep 4, 2014 5:38 PM
 

GENEVA (AFP) - One person commits suicide every 40 seconds, an avoidable tragedy that fails to grab attention because of taboos and stigma, a UN report said Thursday.

In a study released three weeks after the apparent suicide of Hollywood great Robin Williams, the World Health Organization also warned that media reporting of suicide details raises the risk of copycat behaviour.

"Every suicide is a tragedy. It is estimated that over 800 000 people die by suicide and that there are many suicide attempts for each death," said WHO chief Margaret Chan in the landmark report capping a decade of research.

"The impact on families, friends and communities is devastating and far-reaching, even long after persons dear to them have taken their own lives," she added.

 
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