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The Best Way To Save People From Suicide

The Best Way To Save People From Suicide

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  • Seven years ago, a good friend of mine committed suicide by jumping off a bridge above a deep gorge. At least one to two people did the same every year. Last month, the bridge finally got fencing high enough to prevent jumpers. The fence gives the opportunity for people to give a second thought to their

    Seven years ago, a good friend of mine committed suicide by jumping off a bridge above a deep gorge. At least one to two people did the same every year. Last month, the bridge finally got fencing high enough to prevent jumpers. The fence gives the opportunity for people to give a second thought to their intent—and often that’s all it takes.

    What took so long? The gorge is a major tourist attraction and the state didn’t want to ruin the view.

  • This is also a big problem in Japan. Especially, last year, Japan's youth suicide rate was the highest in 30 years. A great story to read.

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    Suicide rates by country 2014

    (the number of suicides per 100,000 people)

    Russia 21.8

    Japan 19.5

    France 15.1

    U.S. 13.4

    Germany 12.6

    Canada 11.3

    Britain 7.5

    Italy 7.2

  • Incredibly powerful piece. Humans need to be connected with each other, just as much as oxygen or water.

  • Twice as many people commit suicide in the US than are murdered. Traditional treatment doesn’t work. Surprising and moving article on how to help suicidal people, on the loneliness of suffering, and the power of connection.

  • According to studies I’ve read: suicide prevention is counterintuitive.

    • the more suicide is talked about the more likely it happens, so unawareness is better than awareness

    • suicide is a copycat phenomenon, so the more suicide is covered in the news the more likely it happens

    • suicide likelihood

    According to studies I’ve read: suicide prevention is counterintuitive.

    • the more suicide is talked about the more likely it happens, so unawareness is better than awareness

    • suicide is a copycat phenomenon, so the more suicide is covered in the news the more likely it happens

    • suicide likelihood is based on social sentiment towards it. Societies that thought suicide was intellectually brave had more of it. Societies that used the words “stupid” and “irrational” to describe it has less of it. So stigmatizing suicide actually serves as a good deterrent.

  • Going to use this moment to share that the preferred term is “died by suicide,” as use of the word “commit” perpetuates the archaic idea that to die by suicide is to commit a crime.

  • Hi! I feel very sad when I hear of people committing suicide. May be it's because they are so very lonely and they have no one to talk to. I am a Believer and if ever we have a problem we can always ask our Pastors, our Church Prayer team and other Christian friends to pray for us. They will then visit

    Hi! I feel very sad when I hear of people committing suicide. May be it's because they are so very lonely and they have no one to talk to. I am a Believer and if ever we have a problem we can always ask our Pastors, our Church Prayer team and other Christian friends to pray for us. They will then visit, call or send text messages, bring a meal over ... They are sharing the love of Jesus with us. We belong to the church family. I would do the same if someone was desperate and needed help or prayer. God Bless!

  • Read this. It could save someone’s life.

    Stunningly touching article about suicide.