The lovers Romeo and Juliet, Guilty ruler Adolf Hitler, NFL former Steelers player Terry Long. What do all these victims have in common?
The answer to the question above, is Suicide.
How global is it?
Suicide is the 2nd most common death in the world. Globally there are about 730,000 suicides annually. Males seem to commit suicide more often than females and by more violent ways also. Although, women attempt suicide more currently than men. According to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 5,350 people between the ages of 15 and 24 commit suicide in the United States. (Conrad 3). That indicates that suicide victims are mainly in schooling. Studies show that in San Diego, 21.1 percent of the males and 30.3 percent of the female students had seriously considered committing suicide in the past year; and that 7 percent of the males and 12.8 percent of the females attempted it. According to KidsHealth, “Girls think about and attempt suicide about twice as often as boys, and tend to attempt suicide by overdosing on drugs or cutting themselves.” (Nock 3). Yet U.S health department studies show, boys die by suicide about four times as often girls, it is because they tend to use more quick deadly methods, such as firearms, hanging, or jumping from heights. A recent survey from San Diego middle school students said that 30 percent thought of committing suicide, 16.2 percent planned it, and 11.7 percent attempted it. On the San Diego high school level, 27 percent thought of it, 20 percent drafted a plan, and 10 percent attempted it. According to National Center for Disease Control, “More than 30,000 high school students in all fifty states produced similar findings: 27 percent thought seriously of killing themselves and 8 percent attempted it. It seems to be that Suicide is a never ending death within teens; especially since the ‘90’s.” (Jones 5). In conclusion, committing suicide is a very common death in all areas.