Friday, September 10, 2004
BBC NEWS | In Depth | More killed by suicide than war (Clicking this link will open a new window)
Nearly a million people take their own lives every year, more than those murdered or killed in war.
World Health Organisation figures show a suicide takes place somewhere in the world every 40 seconds.
The numbers are highest in Europe's Baltic states, where around 40 people per 100,000 commit suicide each year.
With World Suicide Prevention Day approaching on Friday, the WHO says the toll could be reduced with greater public awareness and political will.
"Suicide is a major public health problem and accounts for 1.5% of the total cost of disease to world society," said Jose Bertolote, mental health specialist at the WHO.
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