1 1.6 Suicide Realities and Myths

Let’s be frank, suicide isn’t a subject we might like to talk about, but it’s important to talk about suicide for a
multitude of reasons: saving lives and today- to dispel myths and compare myths to realities.

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SUICIDES PEAK DURING HOLIDAYS

This is a Myth guys.

Most people think the dark winter holidays are a risky time, but suicides are lowest in December and peak in the spring.

Why?
My own opinion is to compare it to anti depressants where the most dangerous time is after a few weeks when energy has emerged/returned, but mood hasn’t correspondingly increased.

Re- the months and seasons, Spring
is actually the most dangerous for suicide, possibly as energy has had, a surge.

TEENS ARE AT THE GREATEST RISK

This is a Myth guys

Teenage suicides make headlines, but the elderly are more likely to take their own life than any other age group, according to the clinical data.

A particularly high risk are white men over the age of 85.

I do want to say teenagers remain a high-risk group too. One in five secondary / high school students in the states responded to a survey stating they had considered suicide in the past.

WRITING STYLE IS LINKED TO SUICIDE RISK

This is a reality, somewhat surprising!

Creativity, depression, and suicide have long been linked, so it may come as no surprise that some of history’s most creative individuals suffered from a mental illness.

Let’s take a look :

Depression affected great minds such as Charles Dickens and Tennessee Williams.

Several famous writers have died by suicide, including Ernest Hemingway and Sylvia Plath. This group also has something else in common: They all wrote in the first person, which has been suggested to be a sign of suicide risk. Interesting!

DEPRESSION IS ALWAYS THE CAUSE OF SUICIDE

A big Myth guys

Two of every three people who commit suicide are depressed at the time they take their life. However, alcoholism plays a role in 1 in 3 completed suicides.

Major depression is the psychiatric diagnosis most commonly associated with suicide, with about 20 times the risk found in the general population.
“With much more active screening and treatment, depression carries less of a stigma now, but it remains one of the big risk factors for suicide.

YOUR FAMILY AFFECTS RISK

This is a reality guys.

A family history of depression increases the chances that a child will suffer the same by a factor of 11.
But families (and friends) can also play a significant role in preventing suicide. For example:Strong social support is known to lower suicide risk.

POOR COUNTRIES HAVE HIGHER SUICIDE RATES

Myth

In fact, many rich countries have higher suicide rates than developing nations.
Some of the lowest rates can be found in Latin American countries, such as Brazil and the Dominican Republic, while richer countries (based on their GDP per capita), such as Russia, Japan, and France, are among the highest.

These nations report numbers between two and three times as high as the U.S.

MOST SUICIDE ATTEMPTS FAIL
Reality, We need to discuss this very carefully, but typically only 1 in every 10 to 25 attempts actually results in death.

If you are worried:

“Make sure the person you’re concerned about don’t have stockpiles of meds and discuss the the topic and keep regularly, talking whether they live with you or not.

SUICIDE IS MORE COMMON THAN IN THE PAST

This is a Myth then a caveat!

Suicide rates have remained relatively constant over the past several decades, and may even have slightly decreased

Caveat

However youth between the ages of 15 and 24 are more than twice as likely to commit suicide today compared to 50 years ago.

TREATMENT CUTS SUICIDE RISK

Reality. No Surprise!

Successful treatment of any underlying psychiatric disorder is very important and can reduce suicidal thoughts .

Exposure to others who have committed suicide may reduce some of the barriers to people thinking of doing it.

Thankfully now journalists typically refrain from sensationalising death from suicide.
“They usually finish up any story with a reference to a helpline

SUICIDES ARE MORE COMMON ON WEEKENDS
A big fat Myth guys

While Wednesdays are notorious for being “bumpy,” Tuesdays, in some studies, have been found to be the deadliest. Another study I looked at found that the most suicides fall on Mondays.

Its not clear from studies so far which day is most common for suicides, but we are looking at the beginning of the week and not weekends.

MEN ARE AT GREATER RISK

Fact and no surprise..

While three times more women than men attempt suicide, four times more men than women actually kill themselves
The most common means of suicude for men is violent or dramatic.I’d prefer not to go into this violent and usually irreversible route which is the choice of most men. The most common method among women is poisoning, typically an overdose of medication, the result of which is less often lethal.

Now like a good journalist, let me
leave you with the all important no -116123 – Samaritans- Ireland and the U.K. Never hesitate to ring.

Tough topic today folks. I tried to keep personal subjective thoughts out and I think I achieved that.

A lot of material and some change from Monday my friends.

AOC