25 Sad Reasons We Should All Be More Informed About Suicide

Posted by , Updated on November 12, 2021

Suicide never affects just one person. In fact, it has been said that every suicide affects at least six other people. In spite of this, most of us have misconceptions about suicide, its causes, and how we can provide help and support to those we know that may be affected by it. That doesn’t mean, however, that help isn’t available. Suicide hotlines are staffed by people trained to help in desperate situations. But you don’t have to be a suicide hotline operator to be informed about the topic. Nobody wants to kill themselves, they just want their pain to go away. In fact, many times after people attempt suicide by swallowing pills or jumping off of a building they immediately regret their decision. Whether it’s your friend or family member, just being informed about suicide and being willing to help can make a huge difference. This doesn’t mean that you have to be an expert. In many cases it can mean something as simple as listening and being there for them. These are 25 sad reasons we should all be more informed about suicide.

Gun and man featured image by in transition via Flickr CC2.0.
If you or someone you know is dealing with suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1 (800) 273-8255


1 in 25 American teenagers has attempted suicide

teenagerSource: dailymail.co.uk, Image: wikipedia

In fact, there are more people that commit suicide in New York City than are murdered

new york citySource: discovermagazine.com, Image: wikipedia

In the United States as a whole, you are twice as likely to die of suicide as you are of murder

gunSource: freakonomics.com, Image: wikipedia

On a global scale, every 40 seconds somebody somewhere commits suicide

earthSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

The Golden Gate bridge is the number 1 suicide hotspot on Earth

golden gate bridgeSource: latimes.com, Image: wikipedia

Most suicide attempts fail. Only 1 in every 10-25 succeeds.

surgerySource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Established writers and artists are 18 times more likely to commit suicide than the average person

writingSource: wps.prenhall.com, Image: wikipedia

Untreated depression is the number 1 cause of suicide (alcohol often plays a role)

alcoholSource: "Facts about Suicide and Mental Disorders in Adolescents." Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Image: pixabay

2/3 of people who commit suicide are clinically depressed at the time of their death

depressed manSource: dosomething.org, Image: pixabay

Males are more likely to successfully commit suicide than females because they typically choose more lethal methods like gunshots to the head (females typically choose something less definitively lethal, like overdosing on pills)

depressedSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Females, however, are much more likely to think about and contemplate suicide than men.

sad girlSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

More American soldiers committed suicide than died in combat in 2012

soldiersSource: theguardian.com, Image: wikipedia

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, over 50% of all suicides are completed with a firearm.

GunSource: National Institue of Mental Health, Image: Wikipedia

Contrary to the popular belief that most suicides occur in winter, the season with the highest rate of suicide is spring

flowersSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Scientists are not sure why but postulate that perhaps changing levels of natural light give people enough energy to attempt suicide

sunSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Which brings us to another misconception - that you must be extremely depressed to kill yourself. This is wrong. Extreme depression actually makes it nearly impossible to do anything. This includes everything from getting out of bed to committing suicide.

depressed manImage: pixabay, Image: wikipedia

Resesarchers at the University of California say that Wednesday is the most common day for people to commit suicide

wednesdaySource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Suicide rates also increase with altitude. At 2,000 meters they are 70% higher.

mountainsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Another myth is that teenagers are the most at risk for suicide. While suicide is one of the leading causes of death among young people, the elderly are much more likely to commit suicide.

elderlySource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

The most at risk demographic is white males over the age of 85.

elderlySource: wikipedia, Image: Xavi Talleda via flickr

In fact, besides Native Americans, whites are by the far the most likely to commit suicide.

native americansSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

In England and Wales, attempted suicide was often punished with jail time until 1961 (it is still considered a crime in some places)

jailSource: bbc, Image: wikipedia

In Japan, if you commit suicide by jumping in front of a train, your family could be charged a disruption fee. (This is evaluated on a case by case basis)

trainSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Writers who use the first person have been found to have a higher rate of suicide (Ernest Hemingway, Sylvia Plath, David Foster Wallace)

typewriterSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay

Wealthier nations have a higher rate of suicide than poorer nations

moneySource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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