Global suicide rate low

Despite the feeling of apocalypse that the world sometimes projected, and why not Argentina, the global suicide rate three decades down.

The economical crisis, policies, social and climatic They were not obstacles for humanity to slow it down, thanks to an alternative as simple as it is effective: media restrictionthat is, the reduction of access to the methods used to take one’s life.

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During the last 30 years, the suicide deaths they come falling slowly but consistently. Between 2000 and 2016 they fell by a third, according to the magazine cabling . The trend is clear in the two most populous countries in the world.

Between 1990 and 2016 there were falls of 15% in India and 60% in Porcelainwhere economic growth improved the material stability of millions of people, while the exodus to the cities made it difficult to access pesticides, the ingestion of which is one of the most common methods of suicide in poor and rural areas.

The World Health Organization estimates that almost 80% of suicides occur in low- and middle-income countries. The exception is the United States, where the rate jumped 35% between 2000 and 2018, to become the second cause of death is children from 10 to 14 years youths from 20 to 35.

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The substitution of weapons Fire seems to be the obvious reason and suicides represent more than half of the deaths produced by this route. The increase is also driven by the structural racismhe unemploymenthe indebtednessthe opioid epidemic and a social model that increasingly proposes isolation.

Although the media restriction does not go to the heart of a drama linked to personal and Social injusticesIt is especially effective when it comes to sanctioning laws of control the gunsraise obstacles in tall buildings and reduce the capacity of medicine blister packs.

Suicide is often a unplanned act”, assures cabling. The time between the impulse and the act can be as little as five minutes, so reducing access to the methods allows that critical time to elapse, and in most cases not to repeat the attempt.

Figure from the Ministry of Health: in Argentina there is a suicide every three hours

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In March of last year, the Ministery of security published a inform which also confirms the downward trend in Argentina. In 2020, the last year surveyed, the suicide rate was 7.6 per 100,000 inhabitants, against 8.7 in 2019 and 9.3 in 2018. Even so, it continues to be the main cause of violent death in the countryfollowed by road accidents and painful homicides.

The same document disseminated some advice for prevent suicideas recognize the warning signsisolation, persistence of negative ideas, difficulty eating, sleeping and working, inconsolable crying and regretful behavior changes, respect the different expressions of feelings of the person who suffers, and show interest and support for her.

To the great Argentine people, health (mental)!

The National mental health emergency hotline (0800-999-0091) is run by professionals and operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


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