Our thanks to Stuart for this from the International Association for Suicide Prevention ‘in official relations with the World Health Organization’. The associated factsheet declines to mention that a majority of suicide victims are male. An extract:
Experiencing conflict, disaster, violence, abuse, or loss and a sense of isolation are strongly associated with suicidal behaviour. Suicide rates are also high amongst vulnerable groups who experience discrimination, such as refugees and migrants; indigenous peoples; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) persons; and prisoners.
Men account for over 75% of suicides in the UK, and in most nations the proportion is somewhat higher.
The materials on offer to journalists and others include a PowerPoint presentation, World Suicide Prevention Day: Facts and Figures. It consists of 19 slides, and the fact that most suicide victims are men is not mentioned on any of them.
WHO is one of the key organizations – along with UNAIDS – behind the almost certainly futile (and possibly even counter-productive) programme of circumcising 20 million sub-Saharan Africans, in an attempt to slow the spread of HIV. The scientific justification for the programme is utterly woeful. We recommend this video (11:25) by 5hadowfax.