Depression and Suicide Stigmas & Taboos

The World Health Organisation, (WHO) estimates approximately 800,000 people suffering from depression, will commit suicide every year. That is one person every 40 seconds. Shockingly, by the time you have read this report, two other people will have taken their own life.

 

Why is this happening in this day and age? Sure life today can be fast and stressful, but many believe including the “World Health Organisation,” that mental health is still not treated as any other major public health problem and is unfortunately still shrouded by many, in stigmas and taboos.

 

The statistics below, gleaned from a 10 year study carried out by the World Health organisation make grim reading, they also make it clear that Suicide has no age limit; it affects both young and old.

 

As mentioned above around 800,000 people kill themselves every year. Suicide was the second leading cause of death in young people, aged 15 to 29. People over 70 were the most likely to take their own lives. Three-quarters of reported suicides occurred in low and middle income countries and remarkably three times as many men as women die by suicide in richer countries.

 

The World Health Organisation is hoping to reduce the rate of suicide by at least 10% by the year 2020 with the help of other campaigners who have been lobbying for more education within our schools for all types of mental health issues including depression, and Parkinson’s. However; this target will be hard to achieve when you realize that only 28 countries in the world have any form of national suicide prevention scheme whatsoever.

 

Authors note: Social stigma attached to any mental health disorder is known to stop people seeking help and can ultimately lead to suicide.

 

For more information on how you can help prevent, or help in the fight against Suicide, or for that matter, any other mental health problem, please visit any of the following links

 

http://www.who.int/en/

http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/

http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/

 

Steve Simmonds Global Breaking News Hub

Sources and Credits: World Health Organisation, WHO, Mental Health of America, Mental Health UK, BBC.UK, lead picture courtesy of Shutterstock.com

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