World Mental Health Day: Three times more people die from suicide than traffic accidents 2

World Mental Health Day: Three times more people die from suicide than traffic accidents

Vienna (OTS) Founded on October 10, World Health Day (WHO), World Health Day, will focus on suicide prevention this year.

In 2017, 1,244 people died in suicides in Austria, almost three times more than in traffic.

In Austrian adolescents and adults up to forty, according to recent research, suicide was the second leading cause of cancer death. According to the World Health Organization, even a man dies suicide every forty seconds around the world. "All very alarming facts," the Austrian Federal Association for Psychotherapy (ÖBVP) finds and agrees with the WHO complaint, "Suicide can be prevented if more measures are promoted." Peter Stippl, President of ÖBVP.

What are the preventive measures?

  • A simplified approach to psychotherapy treatment
  • Accessibility for all patients
  • Greater grants than health insurance companies
  • National coverage without the long wait
  • Uniform throughout Austria, adjusted for cost subsidies
  • Stigmatization of mental suffering
  • Raising public awareness of mental illness

ÖBVP requires unrestricted access to psychotherapy, since long waiting times for a limited number of cash registers are an unacceptable situation for mentally ill people in need of emergency care. The more time passes, the greater the potential risk of suicide or the more difficult it is to successfully complete therapy.
This also applies to subsequent treatment after attempting suicide. Here, assistance must be provided in a simple and timely manner to catch the affected.
The ÖBVP therefore calls for prompt action by health policy makers in the interests of desperate people.

Emergency contact with suicidal thoughts: Telefonseelsorge 142 (without area code)

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Inquiries and contact:

Austrian Association for Psychotherapy
Mage. Barbara Zsivkovits
public relations
01/512 70 90-23