World Suicide Prevention Day Honored in La Paz

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World Suicide Prevention Day is observed on September 10 each year to promote worldwide action to prevent suicides. Various events and activities are held during this occasion to raise awareness that suicide is a major preventable cause of premature death.
Nearly 3000 people on average commit suicide daily, according to WHO. For every person who completes a suicide, 20 or more may attempt to end their lives. About one million people die by suicide each year. Suicide is a major preventable cause of premature death which is influenced by psycho-social, cultural and environmental risk factors that can be prevented through worldwide responses that address these main risk factors. There is strong evidence indicating that adequate prevention can reduce suicide rates.
Here in La Paz, a walk in honor of World Suicide Prevention Day was organized on malecon.  The State Center for Mental Health and Addictions, DIF (Integral Family Development Institute), the Secretary of Education and the State Congress all took part.
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