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Suicide Prevention: How to Address One Million Deaths a Year, Toward the World Suicide Report

story from Tokyo Development Learning Center

Resources

mhGAP_Intervention Guide eng.pdf
Public Health Action for the Prevention of Suicide eng.pdf
Mental Health Action Plan 2013 - 2020 eng.pdf

 

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Co-organized with

the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health and the University of Tokyo

Special Thanks to

The World Health Organization (WHO)

Panelists

Dr. Shekhar Saxena, Director, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, WHO
Dr. Lakshmi Vijayakumar, SNEHA, Suicide Prevention Centre, India
Dr. Tadashi Takeshima, Director, National Institute of Mental Health, NCNP

Background

WHO estimates that almost one million deaths are due to suicide every year, the majority of which occur in low- and middle-income countries.  Attempted suicide can be up to 20 times more frequent than suicide. As suicide is among the top three causes of death in the population aged 15-34 years (second leading cause for 10-24 year olds) globally, there is a massive loss to societies of young people. There is a need for immediate action which includes public health and cross-sector/inter-agency approaches.

Goals

To respond to this neglected but important global priority, WHO will launch the first-ever World Suicide Report. As part of the process, international experts get together in Tokyo to discuss variety of aspects of suicide. Taking this opportunity, the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center together with the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health in collaboration with the University of Tokyo presents the distance seminar to highlight key statistics, and an evidence-based solution which have been found in the development process of the report.

Speakers and Audience

The Director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, WHO, will give a presentation the current global situation and WHO’s response. An expert from India will talk about her success in working on suicide prevention in communities in India. An expert from Japan will share Japan’s experience in successfully having decreased number of suicide deaths.  Main targets are policy makers and other key stakeholders engaged in national system and policy development.

Resources

mhGAP_Intervention Guide eng.pdf
Public Health Action for the Prevention of Suicide eng.pdf
Mental Health Action Plan 2013 - 2020 eng.pdf

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