If you were living in the 70s, you might have considered news of suicide incidents as “shocking” to the senses. Today, however, it would seem that such story is making it to the front page and may not as “shocking” as it used to. Why? The incidents have gone up, leading people to shrug their shoulders and having that “couldn’t care less” attitude.
So why is it that despite the advancements in technology and other modern stuff being enjoyed by people today, many still choose to end their lives?
In an article published by the New York Times in 2016, the suicide rate in the U.S. has surged. It was even said that in nearly 30 years, such rate has reached the highest levels. That may not be the worse part. The data analysis made by the federal government found that the rate increased in every age group, the only exception was in older adults. For women aged 45 to 64, the rate increased by 63%, while for men in the same age group, it jumped by 43%. Said data was derived from the National Center for Health Statistics, covering the period from 1999 to 2014.
The Number One Cause
Suicide.org has stated that the number one cause of suicide is untreated depression. Although on the broader perspective, people with untreated mental illness are the ones who are prone to commit suicide. Aside from depression, some mental illnesses include schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, and even being an LGBT. The site also mentioned that suicide is often due to a number of factors (not just one) and they normally do not receive effective treatment.
Before a suicide, there are often warning signs exhibited by the individual. According to HelpGuide.org, people who are at risk of committing suicide would usually talk about the act. They would often say that they are “better off dead” or that they “shouldn’t have been born.” They also try to find a way to seek access to lethal means like pills, knives, and guns. They also feel helpless and hopeless, and would often hate themselves. Another behavior is they say “goodbye” to friends and family as if it’s their last time.
Suicide is not a matter to trifle with. The moment you know of somebody who is severely depressed or exhibiting characteristics of a person attempting to commit suicide, then better seek help for that person. In cases where you do not know the person, but you know of an incident, Bio & Trauma Scene Clean Up recommends contacting suicide cleanup in Salt Lake City immediately.
To prevent the increasing number of suicides, it would be best to find out the cause of the behavior and subsequently take part in ensuring that none will happen within your family and community.