SuicideBy Duncan Boisineau, Mike Ball, and Anders Davis
Hamlet► “To be or not to be--that is the question: Weather ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune or to take arms against a sea of troubles and by opposing end them. To die, to sleep--to sleep perchance to dream.”
How it relates► Hamlet states the question is it better to live or die? Should I kill myself or not? And is there an afterlife for me to go to if I do kill myself? Hamlet, just like 1 in 6 teens, feels this way and seriously contemplates killing himself due to the situation he is put in.
Hamlet► Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio: a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy: he hath borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is! my gorge rims at it. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know not how oft.
How it relates► Here Hamlet learns the true meaning of life and how final death really is. Most teenagers realize this like Hamlet does but they follow trough with it any ways because the feel as if there is no other option.
Hamlet►" Theres rosemary, thats for remembrance. Pray you, love, remember. And there is pansies, thats for thoughts," said Ophelia to her brother Laertes. "Theres fennel for you, and columbines. Theres rue for you, and heres some for me; we may call it herb of grace o Sundays. O, you must wear your rue with a difference. Theres a daisy. I would give you some violets, but they withered all when my father died."
How it relates► Ophelia expresses how depressed she feels about the death of her father and how she has given up on life i.e. shes all out of violets because the all withered when her father died, and this is how a good amount of people feel when someone they love is killed, which in some cases leads to suicide.
Suicide in the U.S.► Every 13.7 minutes someone in the United States dies by suicide. Nearly 1,000,000 people make a suicide attempt every year. 90% of people who die by suicide have a diagnosable and treatable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death. Most people with mental illness do not die by suicide.
► The rate of suicide has been increasing since 2000. This is the highest rate of suicide in 15 years.► Men are nearly 4 times more likely to die by suicide than women. Women attempt suicide 3 times as often as men.► Suicide rates are highest for people between the ages of 40 and 59.
Teen suicide► Nearly 1 in 6 high school students has seriously considered suicide, and 1 in 12 has attempted it, according to the semi- annual survey on youth risk behavior and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
► More female teens than males have attempted/considered suicide, students struggled with suicide more during the first two years of high school - roughly ages 14 to 16 make up around 20%. ► The suicide rate among teens has climbed in the past few years, from 6.3% in 2009 to 7.8% in 2011, due to bullying
How it relates► In the U.S. it is apparent that Normal people don’t seek to kill themselves. Suicide happens when someone’s suffers through an event so horrible they believe there is no hope. Suicide is seen as a way to end the suffering (slings and arrows of life). Suicide is not in itself a mental illness, but rather a consequence of several mental disorders , especially major depression.
► Suicidal tendencies are often a common occurrence for a number of reasons. Mainly it is due to an overwhelming sense that the person feels like an outcast or that no one would care if they died, and even more don’t necissarily want to die but it is the only way they feel will end the pain that they are feeling
SolutionsThere are a variety of ways to prevent a lovedone from committing suicide, and by using thesesolutions most suicides can be prevented insteadof leading to another lost life. Suicide can beprevented as long as the person consideringsuicide is willing to try and save themselves aswell… some people just cant cope like Opheliaand will succumb to suicide but for those likeHamlet it is possible to prevent suicide
► Some solutions are…► Suicide prevention hotlines► Counseling► Talking it over with loved ones► Taking anti-depression medication► Making changes to how you live your life► Staying away from drugs and alcohal which feed depression
► Finally there is no magic “cure all” when it comes to suicide. To end ones suicidal thoughts it takes enormous amounts of hard work, support from everyone around you and especially the will to pull through. Suicide will always be a problem, but with these solutions it will be exponentially smaller