Over 800,000 people die of suicide every year; that’s one death every 40 seconds. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that for every one death by suicide, there may be more than 20 others who have been attempting suicide.
In Lebanon, on average, every 3 days one person dies of suicide and on average, every six hours, one person attempts suicide.
While these figures may not seem high, they are not representative of the actual suicide rates as prevailing religious, legal, and social issues that surround suicide often result in the mislabeled cause of death as natural, accidental, or undetermined. Furthermore, these numbers do not take into account the number of individuals who experience suicidal ideation. Hence, the rate of suicide in Lebanon is expected to be underreported.
The thoughts can start early on…
Studies conducted in Lebanon have shown that 16% of students aged 12 to 14 had seriously considered committing suicide in the year prior to the study making it the highest percentage compared to other Arab countries; while 13.5% of the students reported having actually attempted suicide in the previous year.3
Suicide is preventable.
With the availability and access to appropriate services, the rate of suicide, and suicidal attempts can be reduced.