A Memorial Walk for suicide prevention on Beirut s Corniche. (The Daily Star/Embrace, HO)
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In the past five months alone, 100 suicides have been recorded in Lebanon, surpassing the highest-recorded number of suicides since 2009, a year when 112 cases were documented. On average, one person dies by suicide every three days and there is one attempted suicide every six hours in Lebanon, according to a recent report by the Internal Security Forces. Initiatives reached a national level in September 2017, when the Health Ministry and Beirut-based NGO Embrace Fund established the first-ever helpline for suicide prevention in Lebanon.According to Embrace, suicide helplines decrease the risk of suicide by 36 to 57 percent.The statistics released by the ISF show 16 percent of students aged 12-14 had seriously considered committing suicide and men are twice as likely to die from suicide in Lebanon.
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