According to a report by the World Health Organization, about 800,000 people around the world die due to suicide every year, which is one person every 40 seconds. The report further says: “Every suicide is a tragedy that affects families, communities, and entire countries and has long-lasting effects on the people left behind.
Suicide occurs throughout the lifespan and was the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year-olds globally in 2016. Suicide does not just occur in high-income countries but is a global phenomenon in all regions of the world. Over 79% of global suicides occurred in low- and middle-income countries in 2016.” The WHO further estimated that in 2016, the ratio of suicide in Pakistan was 2.9 per 100,000, i.e. over 5,500 ended their lives in the country that year. The actual number of people committing suicide is, however, much higher than this, as some critics opine.Read more