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Health Insurance & Protection - Employers urged to tackle mental health on World Suicide Prevention Day

By Emily Perryman 10 September 2019.

Suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally.

Employers are being urged to support employees with mental health problems and, in turn, help to prevent suicides.

It coincides with World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September), an annual awareness day organised by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP). 

According to ISAP, suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally for people of all ages. It is responsible for over 800,000 deaths, which equates to one suicide every 40 seconds.

In the UK, the rate of suicide has hit a 16-year high following half a decade of decline. Last year 6,507 suicides were registered, marking a 12% rise on the previous year and the highest rate since 2002.

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