Suicide the Truth of It All

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According to (Webster, 1961) Suicide is defined as the act or instance of taking one’s own life voluntarily and intentionally. The Center of Disease Control leading cause of death reports reported that suicide was ranked the tenth leading cause of death overall in the United States in the year 2016. It claimed the lives of nearly 45,000 people.(“”NIMH ?» Suicide””, 2018) And it was the second leading cause of death among people between the ages of 10 and 34, and the fourth leading cause of death among people between the ages of 35 and 54.(“”NIMH ?» Suicide””, 2018) And it was reported there were more suicides than homicides that year.

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When the amount of voluntary death surpasses the amount of involuntary deaths then we have a major issue on our hands that must be discussed so a solution can be presented.

Keywords: Suicide, CDC (Center of Disease Control), Death, Suicide the Truth Behind It All

Suicide is such a trying word that has so much attached to it especially negativity. As Christians we are taught that suicide is a sin and it is frowned upon. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church (Ephesians, 5:29) However, people tend to forget why such a traumatic even has occurred. Suicide the most preventable cause of death is among the top 20 leading causes of mortality globally for all ages. (Ram, Darshan, Rao & Honagudo, 2012) People go through so much and sometimes you will never really know why someone has decided to take their own life. But it still does not take away the pain a loved one feels when they get word from law enforcement or medical personnel from the hospital that their loved one is gone. Or the pain that comes from reading suicide notes, exerts from the persons diary or words from a close friend as to why they have decided to give up on life. There have been so many movies and tv shows that have lightly discussed this issue, but only recently have I seen a show to really start to dig deep into it. 13 Reasons Why on Netflix has gone deep into the life a young deceased woman who committed suicide trying to piece together why she decided to end her life. Often the reasons have ranged from bullying, illness, inability to cope with death or financial situation or not getting depression treated.

Why should clinicians and others take seriously even a low-lethality type of suicide attempt? Or are such attempts really just gestures?

Low-lethality by defining both separately would mean minimal potential for cause of death. In my opinion clinicians and others should take them seriously because even the smallest attempt is still an attempt.

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