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According to WHO's first global report on suicide prevention published in 2014, more than 8,00,000 people die by suicide every year, around one person every 40 seconds.

The District Youth Services conducted an awareness programme "Take a Minute-Change the Life" to mark the World Suicide Prevention Day at AP Social Welfare Residential Junior College on Sunday.

"Again, as community members, even the offer of a gentle word of support and listening in a non-judgmental way could make all the difference between someone taking his/her life or helping that someone to overcome it", he said.

The reports also suggest less than 50 percent of people are aware men are more likely to commit suicide than women and only 32 percent recognise a relationship between alcoholism and suicidal thoughts.

"We also want to spread the message on the need to recognise early signs of persons who wanted to die by suicide".

"Someone in distress will always be helped by being listened to with compassion and empathy", Pirkis is quoted as saying by the Metro. "Prior studies have shown that phone-based helplines are a significant intervention in preventing suicide", she said. "Don't sensationalize it. Don't glamorize it".

The UN health agency reports the most common methods of suicide are self-poisoning with pesticide and firearms.

The president cited statistics showing suicide is now the 10th leading cause of death in the US, and noted that veterans, in particular, are at risk.

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