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Mental Health and Suicidal Ideation

Saba Sibghat

The incidents of suicide among Pakistani youth are dangerously rising. But, unfortunately, parents, academic institutes and public and private sector are not equipped with skills to deal with mental health issues which often lead to suicides. ‘

According to a report by 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. In fact, over 79% of global suicides occurred in low- and middle-income countries in 2016.”

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