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“The cruelty to which you subject your body in this method is only one of its shocking features. There’s also the will to leave in a public or semi-public setting your charred corpse. The reality is that we’re shocked senseless by self-immolation, especially when, as in these cases, it has no political or spiritual motive. Without those motives we’re forced back on sheer vindictive rage — against oneself, against the world.” --- Margaret Solten, English Professor at George Washington University
At least 90 percent of people who kill themselves have a diagnosable and treatable psychiatric illnesses -- such as major depression, bipolar depression, or some other depressive illness, including:
Alcohol or drug abuse, particularly when combined with depression
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, or some other anxiety disorder
Personality disorders especially borderline or antisocial
Tyler Clementi September 22, 2010
Cyberbullying “The Associated Press found at least 12 cases in the U.S. since 2003 in which children and young adults between 11 and 18 killed themselves after falling victim to some form of "cyberbullying" – teasing, harassing or intimidating with pictures or words distributed online or via text message.” Photo of 13-year-old Ryan Halligan, who committed suicide as a result of cyber bullying
Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death among adults 18 to 65 years old.
The third leading cause of death among those 15 to 24 years old.
1999: Call to Action
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention found: 50 percent to 75 percent of people having suicidal thoughts gave some indication to a friend or family member 1. Take it seriously 2. Always be willing to listen 3. Do not hesitate to seek professional help 4. If there has been a previous suicide attempt make sure that person receives appropriate treatment
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Risk Factors?
“Suicide wounds because it throws in our faces, forces a confrontation with, the foundation of our willingness to live. The question Why did they do it?Can’t really be answered; but the question Why don’t we? Can. It can be answered, and it should be posed,” ---Margaret Solten