The decriminalisation of suicide: a global imperative

Elsevier, The Lancet Psychiatry, Volume 10, Issue 4, April 2023, Pages 240-242
Sarah Kline, Taha Sabri

Suicide is the most extreme manifestation of our global mental health crisis. More than 700 000 people die by suicide every year across the world, and 77% of these deaths occur in low-income and middle-income countries. Suicide is particularly detrimental to young people because it is the fourth leading cause of death among people aged 15–29 years. Death by suicide is heart-breaking for the individual's loved ones, and represents a tragic loss of human potential.