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Another Case of Suicide: What to Do Now?


Suicide is a growing problem in the United States. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide rates have increased by 30% across the country since 1999.

Scientists have long been trying to understand the causes of such frequent suicides. Among them anxiety, stress, depression, social phobia, eating disorders, self-harm and loneliness. Suicide has struck people down all over the world.

For example, some studies have shown, that teen suicide rates are on the rise due to the heavy use of smartphones and social media.

We also hear a lot of talk on the news that "the child jumped out of the window when his father forbade him to use the computer," "the girl committed suicide due to unrequited love on the Internet," etc.

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), a voluntary health organization, from 2010 to 2015, a record number of people were reporting depressive symptoms and overloading mental health clinics, while suicide rates climbed for the first time in decades.

“I’ve never seen such sudden, large changes,” said psychologist Jean Twenge. "The biggest increase occurred within a single year."

There are many secondary reasons for this distress, but we have to look deeper into the issue. People spend their entire lives in quadrangles – at school, at college, at the bar, in parliament, they instruct us to stand on our own two feet.


We start our life since our earliest education by continually trying to achieve something. Competition for employment is a fight to the near-death with a multitude of other desperate people chasing ever fewer jobs. The modern overseers of the poor ascribe individual blame to economic circumstance.

A social network brings us together and drives us apart at all times. Consumerism fills the social void. But unfortunately, it is far from curing the disease of seclusion.

It has become an alternate existence, our virtual reality. And we call it virtual reality right now, but what happens when we move past our simulated realities?

Little girls and young women often post photos to make themselves look slimmer. They use social media to find romance and virtual love. Officials called it "the improvement of the educational process and communications between youth." So, they all have become hostage to the Internet and social networks.

Is it any wonder, in these lonely inner worlds, in which touching has been replaced by retouching, that the youth are drowning in mental distress?

It’s unsurprising that social isolation is strongly associated with depression, suicide, anxiety, insomnia, fear and the perception of threat. And then we start taking drugs: this is where life ends, and survival begins.

The new study by JAMA covered 26 thousand people; the overall estimated prevalence of the use of medications for depression as an adverse effect was 37.2%, increasing from 35%. And now one in four women between 16 and 24 have harmed themselves in this way, and one in eight now suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder in the US.

Loneliness has a comparable impact on physical health to smoking 15 cigarettes a day: it appears to raise the risk of early death by 26%. This is partly because it enhances production of the stress hormone cortisol, which suppresses the immune system. This is what a public health crisis looks like.


There's been a rise in the last few decades in the number of single-parent households headed by women. That means more women trying to do everything alone.

In the United States, only 60% of children are born to wedded parents and around half of all marriages end in divorce.

But the impossibility of family reunification could be justified neither by the number of divorces nor by economic problems.

Economic and technological changes play a major role, but so does ideology. People welcome an ideology which negates religion, fatherland, and family,

The American Psychological Association (APA) protects the rights of women, saying that women's stress levels have risen in recent years. And middle-aged women belonging to the middle generation are especially feeling the pressure of their many responsibilities at home and at work.

"So they may be taking care of children, of parents, have work demands and then more responsibilities," says Nadine Kaslow, a psychologist at Emory University and the past president of the APA. "They often die by suicide when they just feel totally overwhelmed."

What do you mean the women are feeling totally overwhelmed? Note that it is not only separation or divorce that is the basic cause of this phenomenon, but also the creation of new households and recognition by the family of the woman as the head of household. Women now consider themselves emancipated and demand respect. But history has shown that the women need a man in the house as it's hard to raise a child without one.


Thousands of children are born each year to mothers without prenatal care, further compromising the infants' health and making it prone to malaria, tuberculosis and other life-threatening chronic diseases.

As for patients with chronic pain, they are twice as likely to attempt suicide compared with those without chronic pain.

Also, scientists have found very high rates of suicide in people with autism spectrum disorders, including high functioning autism and what was formerly known as Asperger's syndrome. It is highly associated with clinical depression.

This may be related as people with autism are much more likely to be sexually abused than the general population. One study found that 18.5% of American children with autism had been physically abused and 16.5% had been sexually abused.


According to research published in the journal JAMA, LGBQ teens are more vulnerable to planning or attempting suicide.

The percentage is between 35 per cent and 40 percent, and it shows without transgender teens. But research has shown that transgender youth may face a similarly high, if not higher, suicide risk.

"We want this to be a wake-up a call for the State and a call to action, so that this will become a part of the national agenda to address this very real public health crisis," said research co-author John W. Ayers, a computational epidemiologist who works as an adjunct associate professor at San Diego State University.

Jason Cianciotto, executive director of the Tyler Clementi Foundation, agreed.

"The question is, how many times are we going to reveal the same horrific information about young people in the US before we do something about this?" asked Jason Cianciotto, executive director of the Tyler Clementi Foundation. The Clementi family created the anti-bullying foundation after a boy, who had been bullied for being gay, died in 2010 after having jumped off a bridge.

Research had shown that lesbian, gay and bisexual students had fewer suicidal thoughts and attempts when schools had gay-straight alliances and had long-term policies prohibiting the expression of homophobia. Yet not all schools have these programs, although national groups like the Trevor Project offer 24/7 crisis lines to help young LGBTQ people.

Murder-suicide calling also for "suicide by cop," or killing others before killing themselves, and US military veteran suicides are of secondary importance of the national problem.

There are two broad categories of "suicide by cop." Among them when someone has committed a crime and is being pursued by the police and decides that it’s better to die than be arrested. They think that life is not worth living if they are incarcerated.

Or those who commit a crime with the specific intention of provoking a law enforcement response. But usually, such people are unhealthy and with mental disorders

US military veteran suicide is an ongoing phenomenon. In this case, suicide is the result of illness or inner conditions. Also, it may be that the feelings of hopelessness that contribute to suicide can stem from societal conditions and an individual's own attitudes.

In summary, according to American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US.

Each year 44,965 Americans die by suicide. And men die by suicide 3.53x more often than women. And on average, there are 123 suicides per day. Firearms account for 51% of all suicides in 2016.

For every suicide 25 attempt it.

Suicide costs the US $ 69  Billion annually

So... maybe the problem isn't in divorce, nor in disease, but in society itself?

As a conclusion: we should admit that our contemporary institutions have indeed advanced human welfare but by doing so have also made a negative impact on their lives. We need to change our consciousness; we need to change the system. We need to understand that this is a dangerous road for a liberal society, which unfortunately we live now live, where the basic principle was that everyone was free to do what was not prohibited by law. But the pain of living in the modern world... will never be solved by a liberal society.

In fact, this does not require a policy response. It requires something much bigger: the reappraisal of an entire worldview. Of all the fantasies human beings entertain, the idea that we can go it alone is the most absurd and perhaps the most dangerous. We stand together, or we fall apart.

Author: USA Really