World Suicide Prevention Day, 10 September 2019 - Suicide is a major public health problem: 1 million people die by suicide in the world every year, and over 150,000 deaths by suicide take place in Europe every year. It is estimated that there are 10–40 attempted suicides for each completed suicide. Suicide usually has no single cause; however, up to 90% of individuals who complete suicide meet the criteria for a psychiatric disorder. Suicide rates are higher amongst males than females; the age group in which most suicides occur is 35–44 years, but suicide represents a concern also among adolescents and in late life.
Today on World Suicide Prevention Day, the European Psychiatric Association (EPA) highlights the importance of investing in suicide prevention and promoting cross-sectoral collaboration for the development of effective practices.