Suicide Awareness In Modern Society

Suicide is a terrifying word which has a scent of negative emotion and cold fear for all of us. Unfortunately, in the last decade the issue of suicide has grown into a real serious social problem, which requires some serious attention and study. There are plenty of mass media promotions and campaigns to raise suicide awareness in modern world. Here are some striking suicide facts:

  • Suicide AwarenessAnnually about 30,000 Americans end their lives with committing suicide
  •  It means about 80 suicides happen every day
  • Committing suicide has become a dangerous tendency among teenagers from 15 to 24 and among old people above age 65.
  • Women are much more predisposed to suicide, they attempt it four times more frequently, than men do
  • At the same time, statistically, men complete their suicide attempts four times more often.

Suicide is a social phenomena which is quite common and sometimes takes place in any social, ethnic or cultural group. In our times, it can equally happen in children and adults, in males and females, in sick and healthy, married and not married, employed and unemployed people. Suicide carries a great danger, that is why suicide awareness issues are really important, and many parents have to focus their attention on educating their kids on how to avoid suicidal thoughts, where looking for help when they experience such thoughts, and how to help their friends to avoid related thoughts and depressive mood.

There is rather great variety of special reasons, which may bring people to end up with their lives by own will.  The most common reason of committing suicide is long-lasting depression, despair, feeling hopeless and worthless, etc. Such psychological condition can be caused by many different motives: ended relations or other sort of loss of a loved one, divorces or separation of parents, fights, quarrels and disruptions at home, troubles at school, like bad grades, troubles at work or with the career growth, lack of social success, loneliness, feeling old and disabled, facing of other environmental problems or negative changes.

Second reason can be mental or other sickness, like schizophrenia, alcoholism and drugs abuse, or such sort of disorders, when a person is mentally not strong enough to resist the idea of self-elimination. Besides, those, who have any kind of lethal disease, who are handicapped or paralyzed, may also have a strong tendency to suicide in order not to suffer and not to bring suffer to close people. Also, suicide is likely to be committed in the moments of psychological instability, like anger or rage. It may seem for a person as a way of revenging for something bad, or like a way of punishing somebody.

Social, political or economical reasons are less important, but for many people the problem of survival, making ends meet or absence of a prosperous future may become fatal. In adolescence it is very important to be resistive to numerous misunderstandings or misdirection in looking for own place in this world, in learning and comprehending, what this life is all about, thus not to get disappointed with natural principles of social existence and not to end up with living after some frustrations. In such ages there is also a slight tendency to commit suicide in order to attract attention and cause some public resonance, as well as a result of ineffective suicide prevention policies.

As it becomes clear from suicide statistics and various suicide facts, there are several diverse ways of committing suicide, the most common of which are: taking poison or excessive amount of medicines, like tranquilizers or sleeping pills; using of firearms or other dangerous tools to destroy own body functioning; to eliminate oneself by causing a traffic accident, by jumping from tall buildings, by getting drowned in water or gas, etc. And the question of availability of such opportunities (like, for example, keeping or not keeping a loaded gun at home) is also important in making decision about suicide.

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