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Post by *THE Ben Reilly* on Fri Sep 05, 2014 9:24 pm

LONDON (Reuters) - More than 800,000 people each year worldwide commit suicide – around one person every 40 seconds - with many using poisoning, hanging or shooting to end their own lives, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

In its first global report on suicide prevention, the United Nations health agency said some 75 percent of suicides are among people from poor or middle-income countries and called for more to be done to reduce access to common means of suicide.

The report found that suicides take place all over the world and at almost any age. Globally, suicide rates are highest in people aged 70 and over, but in some countries, the highest rates are found among the young.

In the 15 to 29-year age group, suicide is the second leading cause of death globally.

The WHO's director general Margaret Chan said the report was a "call for action to address a large public health problem which has been shrouded in taboo for far too long."

Pesticide poisoning, hanging and firearms are among the most common methods of suicide globally, the report said, and evidence from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, the United States and Europe shows that restricting access to these means can help to stop people from committing suicide.

Governments should also set up national prevention plans, the report said, noting that currently only 28 countries are known to have such strategies.

The report found that in general, more men die by suicide than women. In richer countries, three times as many men kill themselves as women, and men aged 50 and over are particularly vulnerable.

http://news.yahoo.com/calls-action-reduce-global-suicide-rate-800-000-123120549.html

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Post by Guest on Sat Sep 06, 2014 7:54 pm

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LONDON (Reuters) - More than 800,000 people each year worldwide commit suicide – around one person every 40 seconds - with many using poisoning, hanging or shooting to end their own lives, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

In its first global report on suicide prevention, the United Nations health agency said some 75 percent of suicides are among people from poor or middle-income countries and called for more to be done to reduce access to common means of suicide.

The report found that suicides take place all over the world and at almost any age. Globally, suicide rates are highest in people aged 70 and over, but in some countries, the highest rates are found among the young.

In the 15 to 29-year age group, suicide is the second leading cause of death globally.

The WHO's director general Margaret Chan said the report was a "call for action to address a large public health problem which has been shrouded in taboo for far too long."

Pesticide poisoning, hanging and firearms are among the most common methods of suicide globally, the report said, and evidence from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, the United States and Europe shows that restricting access to these means can help to stop people from committing suicide.

Governments should also set up national prevention plans, the report said, noting that currently only 28 countries are known to have such strategies.

The report found that in general, more men die by suicide than women. In richer countries, three times as many men kill themselves as women, and men aged 50 and over are particularly vulnerable.

http://news.yahoo.com/calls-action-reduce-global-suicide-rate-800-000-123120549.html

Sounds like very good news Ben. Good on all those who took time to coordinate the efforts of their labour and expertise because the end result can only be an increase in numbers of lives saved.

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Post by *THE Ben Reilly* on Sat Sep 06, 2014 7:57 pm

The one thing I find disappointing is that it doesn't seem like they're looking into the underlying reasons for suicide -- it sounds like they're treating the symptoms more than the problem. Suicide is a problem but it's also the outcome of underlying problems.

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Post by Lone Wolf on Sat Sep 06, 2014 8:00 pm

Cool

I agree, Ben...

They should be putting more attention into researching depression and its causes, first and foremost..

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Post by Guest on Sat Sep 06, 2014 10:01 pm

Ben_Reilly wrote:The one thing I find disappointing is that it doesn't seem like they're looking into the underlying reasons for suicide -- it sounds like they're treating the symptoms more than the problem. Suicide is a problem but it's also the outcome of underlying problems.

Benj: I assume they're prioritising the stategies deemed to be the most effective at the international summit on Suicide Prevention (in 2004?). That's not to say they're downplaying the importance of research into the causes of, say, mental illness.

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Post by Irn Bru on Wed Sep 10, 2014 10:04 pm

Ben_Reilly wrote:The one thing I find disappointing is that it doesn't seem like they're looking into the underlying reasons for suicide -- it sounds like they're treating the symptoms more than the problem. Suicide is a problem but it's also the outcome of underlying problems.

September 10 is suicide prevention day across the globe and in the USA it's the whole month of September.

And the US Department of Defense certainly are taking suicide seriously publishing data for their 2.5 million serving personnel and their civilian workforce on their website and through their DoD News channel (formerly the Pentagon channel) showing case studies and where to get advice and information.

http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=123109

The current case study is focused on Petty Officer 1st Class Jason Thompson who has been to hell and back battling back from a life of hell starting in his childhood.

Part 1 of 4 of his story is published here with the remainder to be published over the coming weeks. His story is also on video (Back from the Brink) on the DoD news channel.

It's a complex issue and I don't suppose there is a perfect solution but at least they are trying to tackle the problem in a positive way.

http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=123100

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Post by Guest on Wed Sep 10, 2014 11:23 pm


^ Thanks for the link Irn. It's very sad story; doubtless you're right there's no perfect solution, but I hope Thompson continues to receive support he finds meaningful and useful.

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Post by Original Quill on Thu Sep 11, 2014 3:37 am

Heard an interesting statistic today: 22 suicides a day among Iraq war veterans. That's per day.

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Post by *THE Ben Reilly* on Thu Sep 11, 2014 6:26 am

Okay, here I go ...

We talk about suicide rather than depression (just like, in the U.S., we talk about race rather than class) because we're uncomfortable confronting/too cowardly to confront the real problem, which is income inequality. You look at countries with low income inequality and across the board, they have less crime, less violence and less suicide. This is an evidence-based conclusion; every counter-argument is a false axiom, or faith-based.

You want to make a better society where fewer people kill one another or themselves? You figure out a way to let people live in modest dignity when they aren't lucky enough to be born into or (in VERY rare cases) ascend to the middle or upper classes. If you can't stomach that, you at least have the intellectual honesty to admit that you prefer a society in which the wealthy elite medicate themselves while the lower classes consume one another and themselves. It's really that simple, but as long as we keep listening to those who demand morality from desperate people, we have to live with the consequences.


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Post by veya_victaous on Thu Sep 11, 2014 6:48 am

@ben
it is called socialism.....

Honestly I cant see it being fixed in the USA any time soon since US lobbyist are down here corrupting or politicians to make us more like you. Because Abbot and Rupert tell Us Freedom is letting your fellow citizens suffer and not giving a fuck about anyone else, that is what US freedom Means and we are supposed to want it because freedom...

Chris Pyne (minister of Education) Literally said we should be looking to the USA in Education which is retarded since your ranked 36th and we are ranked 13th.. Lobbyists from the USA are still the biggest threat to the Australian Way of life. No politician will willing to Ban them even through they are largely unconstitutional, because of all the Kick backs. We need to Ban US lobbyists 100% (which will fuck Rupert off too since he became a US citizen)

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Post by Lone Wolf on Thu Sep 11, 2014 6:29 pm

Lone Wolf wrote:
Cool  

I agree, Ben...

They should be putting more attention into researching depression and its causes, first and foremost..


::D::   I WOULD ban all lobbyists for any foreign or multinational corporation from stepping foot in Australia...

AS WELL as lobbyists from all major Aussie corporations (their directors are "all pissing in the same pot"..).

UNFORTUNATELY that won't happen any time soon, as collectively, they make up the biggest source of donations to our two major political parties (i.e. Labor and the congenitally misnamed "Liberals"..).   Evil or Very Mad

AN INTERESTING exercise is to look at the front benches of our government (i.e. the Cabinet) ~ most of them are Lawyers, and yet there is not a single scientist, medico, 'small business' operator, practicing economist, or school teacher among the lot of them !

WE have an Education Minister who has no teaching experience; an Environment Minister who knows nothing about science and doesn't believe in climate change; a Defence minister with no military experience whatsover; a minister for Science (a second string ministry down here, by the way) who doesn't believe in Evolution and believes alternative fairytales deserve equal airtime..

NEED I go on ?!?   IT'S no wonder that Oz has slipped down 7 or 8 spots on the international education rankings over the last couple of decades..    Suspect

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Post by Irn Bru on Fri Sep 12, 2014 9:39 pm

Part 2 of the story about Petty Officer Jason Thomson

http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=123144

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Post by Irn Bru on Fri Sep 12, 2014 9:43 pm

People commit suicide for all sorts of reasons sometimes just being thrust into a position that was not their doing. Some people are strong enough to overcome some things but Jacintha Saldanha wasn't.

Today's news...

LONDON — A nurse found dead in her home after answering a prank call from two Australian DJs about Kate Middleton's first pregnancy two years ago committed suicide, an inquest ruled on Friday. Indian-born Jacintha Saldanha, 46, was found hanging in December 2012, three days after she answered the call from Mel Greig and Michael Christian in which they had pretended to be Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles.

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