Nov 27, 2018

Why suicide is falling around the world, and how to bring it down more

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For a few people—those who are terminally ill, in severe pain and determined to die—suicide may be the least terrible option. In such circumstances, and with firm safeguards, doctors should be allowed to assist. But many of the 800,000 people who kill themselves each year act in haste, and more could be saved with better health services, labour-market policies and curbs on booze, guns, pesticide and pills. America, in particular, could spare much pain by learning from the progress elsewhere.

Urbanisation, fewer forced marriages and more curbs on the means of self-destruction.

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