Editorial

One suicide every 40 seconds worldwide

Invest more in mental health services


Bangladeshpost
Published : 12 Sep 2021 08:15 PM | Updated : 13 Sep 2021 12:12 AM

Suicidal behavior has existed throughout human history, but due to several complex factors, it has increased gradually in all parts of the world and, in the past few decades, has reached alarming statistical levels.

Recently World Health Organisation (WHO) conducted a survey where they found out that, one person commits suicide every 40 seconds in the world. Reportedly, 79 percent of the world’s suicides occurred in low- and middle-income countries, however, high-income countries had the highest rate, at 11.5 per 100 thousand. Suicide rates for men are almost three times more compared to that of women in high-income countries, in contrast to low- and middle-income countries, where the rate is more equal.

Government should identify 

suicide as a public health issue

World Suicide Prevention Day was observed recently in Bangladesh. Experts opine that the biggest driving force to these suicide numbers is that society does not acknowledge the importance of mental health. People go through their own troubles but society usually pushes those troubles further to a point where they feel like giving up. 

The person who is suffering from mental health problems should be given proper mental support and his or her problem should be recognised rather than taking it for granted. Proper education is essential in suicide prevention.

The government should devise extensive mental support programs so that the person suffering from mental illness can be immediately treated. Also, the government should identify suicide as a public health issue.