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A brief overview:

Why people committ suicide continues to be a largely unanswered question. Most people believe that suicides are associated with a long-lasting depression; they are often "a permanent solution to a temporary problem." But, data shows that:

"... about 2% "of severely depressed people eventually die by suicide, which is only slightly higher than the 1.6% of people from the general United States population who eventually die by suicide."

In North America, they seem to peak annually in the early springtime. One theory is that individuals decide to commit suicide while profoundly depressed in the dead of Winter, but lack the ability to organize their own death. Later, when the weather improves and they feel more in control and are able to arrange their suicide.

Others who commit suicide are not depressed. They kill themselves because of terminal illness, intractable pain, and/or the loss of dignity, control, and autonomy -- or anticipated loss -- which often accompanies terminal diseases.┬

Emergency support services are available to help persons with suicidal ideation, often on a 24 hour basis. Suicide prevention hot lines (sometimes called distress centers, crisis centers, hotlines, Contact, Telecare, etc.) offer non-judgmental, confidential, caring support by trained volunteers. Telephone numbers are often listed on the inside front cover of local telephone books.

Throughout North America, the act of committing suicide is no longer a crime. However, actively assisting a person to commit suicide remains a criminal act. 2

Certain groups within the population are much more at risk for suicide. These include Aboriginals, persons who suffer from various mental disorders, lesbians, gays, and bisexuals   Persons who are transgender appear to be at the highest risk to commit suicide. About 40% attempt suicide some time during their life.

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Facts about suicide

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The World Suicide Prevention Day

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Worldwide efforts to prevent suicide

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Incidences of suicide within different groups:

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Members of religious groups

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The Innu in Canada

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Other Canadian First Nations: Part 1  Part 2

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Persons with mental illness

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2018-DEC: Conflict during a Catholic funeral of a teen who had committed suicide

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Suicide and the Bible

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Teachings of the Roman Catholic Church about Suicide


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Sources of information on suicide methods on the Internet

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Criminalizing and censoring information sources on suicide

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star Physician assisted suicide (PAS); a.k.a. Medical Aid in Dying -- (MAID) < A large section.

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The following information source was used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlink is not necessarily still active today.

  1. "Why predicting suicide is a difficult and complex┬ challenge," The Conversation, 2018-JUN-09, at: https://theconversation.com/
  2. "Is Assisting With Suicide a Crime?," Find Law, 2019, at: https://healthcare.findlaw.com/

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