Outpacing psychotherapists: By age 40: Suicide is the second leading cause of death after cancer 2

Outpacing psychotherapists: By age 40: Suicide is the second leading cause of death after cancer

According to the Austrian Psychotherapy Association on Tuesday, suicide is the second most common cause of death in Austria after cancer.

13:59, 08 October 2019

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Three times as many people to die by suicide as with car accidents, According to the Austrian Psychotherapy Association on Tuesday, suicide is the second most common cause of death in Austria after cancer. The association demanded On October 10th, World Mental Health Day is a force to promote preventative measures for suicide threats.

In a year 2017 died in Austria 1.224 people commit suicide, almost three times more than in traffic. "Suicide can be prevented if more preventative measures are promoted," said ÖBVP President Peter Stippl, the statement said.

Long waiting times

Long waiting times on one a limited number of cash registers are psychologically ill persons in need of immediate assistance, according to ÖBVP Unacceptable situation, The more time passes, the greater the potential risk of suicide or the more difficult it is to be successful in completing therapy. This also applies to subsequent treatment for attempted suicide.

Because of this, the association demanded it preventive measuresThus, a simplified approach to psychotherapy treatment. In addition, accessibility to all patients and higher health insurance subsidies as well as nationwide care without long waits should be guaranteed. It is important to raise awareness of mental illness as well as destigmatize mental suffering.