“Tragedy strikes when a life is cut short, and there is perhaps no greater tragedy than the loss of life to suicide. Each year, countless individuals make the devastating decision to end their own lives, leaving behind loved ones to grapple with the unimaginable pain of their loss. Suicide is not a subject to be taken lightly. It is a serious public health issue that affects people of all ages, genders, and backgrounds. This article delves into the heart-wrenching reality of suicide and the impact it has on individuals and society as a whole.”
Shocking Facts about Suicide
1. For every 40 seconds, someone out there decides to end their life.
2. More people commit suicide in New York City than are murdered, probably because of the high rent prices.
3. But, amongst the darkness, there are glimmers of hope. 25-30% of suicide victims leave a note behind, which can provide insight and closure for loved ones left behind.
4. And it’s not just humans who are affected by suicide. Unfortunately, some animals have been reported to take their own lives, including dogs, cows, bulls, and sheep.
5. In some places, like Greenland, the rates of suicide are alarmingly high, with 1 in every five people attempting suicide at some point in their lives.
Interesting Facts about Suicide
6. It’s a sobering fact, but 1 in 25 U.S. teenagers have attempted suicide. This tragic reality highlights the need for more resources and support for young people.
7. When it comes to suicide, one location that stands out as a “hot spot” – The Golden Gate Bridge. It’s the #1 suicide site in the world, with an estimated 1,600 deaths.
8. Only 2% of people who jump off the bridge survive the fall. However, One man even jumped off for “fun” and lived to tell the tale.
9. There is no gender equality in suicide rates. Men are 3 to 4 times more likely to attempt suicide and succeed than women.
10. And, when it comes to the day of the week, most people who commit suicide do it on a Wednesday.
Horrifying Facts about Suicide
11. It’s a heart-wrenching reality, but established writers and artists are 18 times more likely to take their own lives than the general population. A tragic reminder of the emotional toll that the creative process can take on an individual.
12. In the United States, the statistics are equally devastating, as you are twice as likely to commit suicide than to fall victim to murder.
13. In Fact, Japan appointed Minister of Loneliness to tackle suicide rates
14. In Japan, the authorities have implemented harsh measures to address suicide, such as charging families of the deceased a disruption fee if their loved one took their own life by jumping in front of a train. This act adds an extra layer of cruelty and financial burden on top of the already devastating loss.
15. During World War II, even Japanese war criminal Tojo Hideki attempted to escape accountability for his actions by taking his own life after the surrender. But he was saved and resuscitated by Allied forces, only to be hanged later.
Terrifying Facts about Suicide
16. In Ancient Rome, while suicide was socially acceptable at first, it was later deemed as an offense against the state. But it was not out of love but due to its economic implications.
17. Even those who have made significant contributions to society have been affected by suicidal thoughts. One such example is Rudolf Diesel, the inventor of the diesel engine. He took his own life in 1913 due to doubts about the success of his invention.
18. Ashton Kutcher, at the age of thirteen, contemplated committing suicide to donate his heart to his ailing brother.
19. Even our childhood favorite duo Tom&Jerry were not safe from suicidal thoughts. In the episode, Blue Cat Blues, both of them end up committing suicide.
20. Winston Churchill’s daughter, Diana, worked at a suicide prevention center. Tragically, though she prevented others, she couldn’t save herself.
Surprising Facts about Suicide
21. In 2015, San Jose police used an innovative approach to prevent a man from committing suicide by sending him pizza and a phone using a bomb disposal robot, showing that sometimes you need to think with your heart to help those in crisis.
22. On a related note, research has found that drinking 2 to 4 cups of coffee daily can decrease the risk of suicide by 50% compared to non-coffee drinkers.
23. Looks should never be above mental health. For instance, women who get breast implants are three times more likely to commit suicide.
24. In 2010, a man took five years to write a 1,905-page suicide note before taking his own life, a haunting reminder of the level of thought and planning that can go into suicide.
25. Unfortunately, the world is getting worse every day. The suicide rate has risen by 60% in the last 45 years.
On a more positive note, teen suicide attempts in the U.S. declined after same-sex marriage became legal. And the biggest-impact was among gay, lesbian, and bisexual kids. It illustrates how societal acceptance and support can play a role in reducing suicide rates.
That’s it for this post guys, I hope you had fun while reading 25 Tragic Suicide facts.