Content warning: this post discusses suicide in an academic context
I’ve been struggling to write a post this week. I’m not sure if last week’s emotionally drained me or if it’s just a bit of writer’s block, but either way, I’ve started like ten posts without being able to get past that third sentence. So, this week’s post is slightly less creative and less introspective, but it’s important nonetheless.
Global Suicide Rates
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that there were 788,000 deaths by suicide in 2015 alone. Approximately one every 40 seconds. I can’t even picture how many people that is.
WHO mentions that 1.4% of all worldwide deaths in 2015 were by suicide, and suicide is the second leading cause of death for those aged 15 to 29. Many more people attempt suicide, and though it is hard to know how many, estimates are more than 20 people attempt suicide for every suicide death.Continue Reading