More than 90% of suicides occur in the context of a psychiatric disorder, of which the majority are depressive disorders. More than 54.000 people in the countries of the European Union die from suicide every year. Furthermore it is of deep concern that the rate of attempted suicides is estimated to be ten times higher than that. Suicide rates differ throughout European countries and range from 2.9 per 100.000 inhabitants in Greece to 30.6 per 100.000 in Lithuania (Eurostat, 2011). In most countries, the risk for (completed) suicide is highest within old men and the risk for suicide attempts within young women.
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The EAAD is mentioned as a multi-level approach to prevent suicidal behaviour within the Suicide Prevention Report of the Word Health Organization.