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1 million people commit suicide each year: WHO

GENEVA--One million people die by their own hand each year, accounting for more deaths than wars and murders put together, the World Health Organization said Friday, calling for urgent action to address the problem.

"Data from the WHO indicate that approximately one million people worldwide die by suicide each year. This corresponds to one death by suicide every 40 seconds," the organization said in a report launched ahead of the World Suicide Prevention Day on Monday.

And while the number of deaths by suicide is staggering, the number of attempts each year is 20 times higher, the WHO said, pointing out that 5 percent of people in the world try to kill themselves at least once during their lifetime.

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