The level of people dying by suicide has fallen by more than a third since 1990, a BMJ study has revealed.
The research, conducted in 2016, record 817,000 suicides that year – a 6.7 per cent increase on 1990. However, when adjusted according to population growth, experts found a decrease of 32.7 per cent (with suicide causing 11.2 deaths per 100,000 people).
Heather Orpana, a research scientist with the Public Health Agency of Canada who worked on the study, said: “Suicide is considered a preventable cause of death and this study shows that we should continue in our efforts towards suicide prevention.
“With further efforts we could take further reductions in suicide mortality.”
Some 800,000 people are estimated to kill themselves every year, according to the World Health Organisation, which lists suicide as a critical public health issue. It has set a target of a 10 per cent decrease in suicides by 2020.