Suicide remains one of the leading causes of death worldwide, according to WHO’s latest estimates, published today in “Suicide worldwide in 2019”. Every year, more people die as a result of suicide than HIV, malaria or breast cancer – or war and homicide. In 2019, more than 700 000 people died by suicide: one in every 100 deaths, prompting WHO to produce new guidance to help countries improve suicide prevention and care.
Among young people aged 15-29, suicide was the fourth leading cause of death after road injury, tuberculosis and interpersonal violence. Rates vary, between countries, regions, and between males and females. More than twice as many males die due to suicide as females (12.6 per 100 000 males compared with 5.4 per 100 000 females).
For more Information
Contact the Ministry of Health, Mental Health Unit
Tel: 285-9126 ext 2577, 2571, 2573 and 2590
Monday-Friday 8:00am – 4:00pm
In case of an emergency (suicide attempt)
Call: 990, 811, 999
Emergency Care Resources
St. Ann’s Psychiatric Hospital
St. Ann’s Road, St. Ann’s
These are indicators that a person may be at a very high risk or in immediate danger of suicide. Seek help urgently!
Responsible coverage can contribute to suicide prevention by reducing the risk of copycat behavior, helping to change false perceptions, and encouraging people to seek help, said Claudina Cayetano, regional advisor on mental health at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).