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October 10 2019 - 21:38

Photos Robin Hammond @hammond_robin | Today is World Mental Health Day. The focus this year is suicide. Close to 800,000 die due to suicide every year—it’s the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year-olds. Refugees are particularly vulnerable. On the Greek Island of Lesbos, self-harm and attempted suicide rates among refugees are alarmingly high, especially with children. In July and August, 73 children were referred to @doctorswithoutborders (MSF) mental health teams; three had attempted to kill themselves, and 17 were self-harming. Ten of the 73 children were under the age of six. MSF has been calling for their emergency evacuation. Declan Barry of MSF said: "These children come from countries that are at war, where they have experienced extreme levels of violence and trauma. Rather than receiving care and protection in Europe, they are instead subjected to ongoing fear, stress and episodes of further violence." To see more from this series please follow @onedayinmyworld. #worldmentalhealthday

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