Arunas Sakalauskas

Hundreds lie down in Lithuania to highlight suicide rate

About 800 people participated in the action Tuesday evening, responding to a call by actor Arunas Sakalauskas, who has lost eight close friends.

Sakalauskas said during the protest that the number lying on the ground corresponds approximately to the annual number who commit suicide in the nation of 2.9 million.

Lithuania has the highest suicide rate in Europe with 28.2 deaths per 100,000 people annually, according to the World Health Organization.