Suicide: Second Leading Cause of Death in 15- to 29-Year-Olds

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  • Suicide was the second leading cause of death among 15- to 29-year-olds in 2016, according to data from the World Health Organization
  • Nearly 800,000 people take their own life every year, with 79% of suicides taking place in low- and middle-income countries
  • High-income countries had the highest rate of suicide, at 11.5 per 100,000 people
  • The number of people who die by suicide annually is more than the number of people killed by malaria, breast cancer, war or homicide
  • It’s estimated that self-poisoning with pesticides is responsible for 20% of suicides worldwide, primarily in rural agricultural areas in low- and middle-income countries
  • WHO highlighted restricting access to pesticides that are used for self-poisoning as a highly effective strategy for reducing suicides

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