Violence and injuries

Violence and unintentional injuries cause a significant amount of deaths, human suffering and disability in the WHO European Region every year, accounting for almost 550 000 deaths (6.1% of all deaths) and 10.5% of all disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) in 2011. Injury and violence remain the leading causes of death in young people aged 5-49 years in the Region. To reduce the burden of violence and unintentional injury, WHO/Europe advocates the use of a public health approach.

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Suicide prevention – new resource for media professionals

World Suicide Prevention Day is observed each year on 10th September. This year, WHO also devoted its World Health Day to depression, a leading underlying cause of suicide, and has been running the year-long ‘Let’s Talk’ awareness campaign about depression and suicide.

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53%

of all deaths from violence and unintentional injuries are caused by self-harm, road traffic injuries and falls in the WHO European Region.


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