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World Suicide Prevention Day... S. Korean Prime Minister urges efforts to prevent suicide Updated: 2019-09-10 16:09:24 KST

Data suggest that globally, someone takes their life every 40 seconds.
According to new figures published Monday by the World Health Organization, the number of suicides around the world in 2016, standardized by age, was 10.5 per every hundred-thousand people.

The WHO, in its report said one important way the global suicide rate can be brought down is to restrict access to pesticides, which can be used for self-poisoning.
For instance, Sri Lanka's suicide rate from 1995 to 2015, dropped by a whopping 70 percent after certain dangerous pesticides were banned.
Similar measures in South Korea reduced numbers by half from 2011 to 2013.

Despite these efforts, South Korea's suicide rate has been the highest among the OECD countries since 2005 the rate in 2017 stood at 24.3 people in every hundred thousand.
The first World Suicide Prevention Day was commemorated on September 10th, 2004.
In 2011, South Korea made national suicide prevention day a national observance, and designated the week starting on that date as Suicide Prevention Week to educate people, raise awareness, and ultimately prevent people from taking their own lives.

Just this Monday, ahead of this year's observance, the government launched a national suicide prevention committee.
Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon, who chairs it, said the current administration is the first to put the issue at the top of the national agenda.

"It is important to set up a tight safety net in local communities to prevent suicides. We can prevent suicide only when more local communities work together."

The committee is planning to push forward with various programs such as a care system for senior citizens living alone, doing more to protect the vulnerable and running community mental health centers and encouraging respect for life.

Eum Ji-young, Arirang News.
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