Every year, over 500 people commit suicide in Israel.
Over 6,000 people per year attempt suicide.
Populations for which suicide rates are particularly high: youths, the elderly, immigrants from Ethiopia immigrants for the Commonwealth of Independent States.
International Suicidality Data
- Some one million people commit suicide annually around the world (in most of the world, the number of suicides is on an upwards trend).
- In recent years, various countries have commenced the implementation of a suicidality prevention program, and succeeded in significantly reducing suicide rates (including: Britain, Japan, Scotland, Germany, Finland, and other European Union countries).
It should be noted that the number of suicides has become smaller in places (in Israel and overseas) in which governmental / professional bodies took responsibility for dealing with the phenomenon and acted in a proactive, systematic, methodical manner over time.
The National Program for Suicide Prevention
In December 2013, a Government Resolution was approved, as follows:
- Suicide prevention was declared to be a national interest, to be dealt with jointly by government ministries and authorities, under the leadership of the Ministry of Health.
- It was resolved to operate a national suicide prevention program, with the aim of reducing suicides and suicide attempts and assisting families whose love ones have committed suicide.
The program was formulated following an inter-ministerial committee that assessed the issue of suicide prevention, and following a pilot program that was conducted in a number of cities. Furthermore, following the committee, the Ministry of Health established the Suicide Prevention Unit, which will be charged with the implementation of the national suicide prevention program.