Mental health

Suicide prevention

Magnitude of the problem

Suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally for all ages. Every year, nearly one million people die from suicide.

Risk factors

Mental illness, primarily depression and alcohol use disorders, abuse, violence, loss, cultural and social background, represent major risk factors for suicide.

Prevention

Restriction of access to means of suicide, such as toxic substances and firearms, identification and management of persons suffering from mental and substance use disorders, improved access to health and social services, and responsible reporting of suicide by the media are effective strategies for the prevention of suicide.

Latest publications

Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020

The action plan recognizes the essential role of mental health in achieving health for all people. It aims to achieve equity through universal health coverage and stresses the importance of prevention.

Investing in mental health

What governments and other stakeholders can do to reshape social attitudes and public policy around mental health.

Building back better

Emergencies, in spite of their tragic nature, are opportunities to build better mental health systems for all people in need.

WHO MIND Project