@Lorenz,a great topic to post about and thanks so much for the resources you provided. I agree with you that this increasigly phenomenon should be studied and seen from both individual level and socital level. In other words, it should be studied from both micro and macro levels.
“Suicides, I want to conclude, are not primarily a sign of “that there was something wrong with a person", but also that something might be wrong with society as a whole. Suicide prevention does not only or necessarily mean preventing people from committing suicide but also working towards a society where there are no reasons to take one’s life".
Thanks again for posting about this important topic.
Hi Sara, thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, here in Norway, the day hasn’t received much attention, maybe we should have started a blogger campaign like you did on the Open Access Anthropology Day that was very successfull
Isn’t there a body of work on how suicide is a social contagion? High-profile suicides are generally followed by a spike in the suicide rate…etc.
Yes, I also read about it, additionally those who lost somebody to suicide are much more likely to commit suicide than those who have not.
lithium in the water, please.
@Lorenz, I think peer pressure in this case play a role as well! Thanks for your comment about the Open Access Anthropology Day and I am thankful for the open access anthropology team for their help and support to promote it and all others, who contributed positively on that event. It will be a great idea to start thinking about creating such blogger campaign to create more awareness about suicide…
Keeping silent about the issue isn’t going to help anyone. I think what governments are worried about is insensitive broadcasting. Suicide should not be seen as a joke.
I’d like to offer you some insight on what leads to suicide..
What makes one take that last step in front of a train?
What makes one let go of the ledge and fall off the bridge?
What makes one take all those pills and climb into bed?
What makes one slice their wrists in the bath tub?
TOO MUCH PAIN.
GUILT, SHAME, HOPELESSNESS, ALIENATION, ISOLATION, AND MORE PAIN…
1. Cultural isolation - Acculturation
2. Child Abuse: Sexual Physical Emotional.
3. Social indifference - You don’t have cancer, diabetes, MS, or any other visible illness so GO SUFFER IN SILENCE YOU DON’T COUNT.
4. Psychology/Psychiatric failure - THERE IS NO CURE FOR MENTAL ILLNESS so let just relive your pain day-in & day out then get you plower with drug trials till something sticks? More over, the Canadian health system won’t pay for it because it’s not a real illness.
5. Lack of support - Family & friends will flee once you’re diagnosed with any mental illness (You’re a burden)… But should you have cancer, WE WILL ALL TAKE CARE OF YOU.
So when you’re standing in front of a train track; at that bridge; in the bath tub holding a razor, or in bed with a handful of pills ….
And you’re overwhelmed with pain, haunted by the past, have no way to heal, neglected, pacified, and feeling all alone because THERE IS NO WAY OUT…
At that moment you get a sense of doom.. followed by the peace of knowing that once it’s over… the pain will stop too.
That’s why people commit suicide.
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