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Originally posted by loam
The top five leading causes of injury-related deaths were:
Motor vehicle crashes
Researchers say the findings demonstrate that suicide is now a global public health issue.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 32,310 people died last year in traffic accidents, the lowest number since 1949.
“Comprehensive and sustained traffic safety measures have apparently substantially diminished the motor vehicle traffic mortality rate, and similar attention and resources are needed to reduce the burden of other injury,”
Originally posted by TheToastmanCometh
...but do people understand that sometimes depressives just want to be left alone for a while?
Originally posted by 200Plus
As a soldier (retired) I understand why the rates among troops are so high. It can be summed up in one word: GUILT.
Now before everyone says "they should feel guilty" or "they deserve it", let me explain.
It's not a guilt from our actions (although some are for this reason I am sure), but rather our inactions that leave us with suicide as an option. Three things nag on a combat veteran constantly. Woul, could, and should. IF plays a large role in returning soldiers' lives. What could we have done differently to change the outcome of a traumatic event. Two stick out in my mind daily,
I was an infantry team leader and I was tasked with training a new squad leader. I trained him and helped him for four months. One day he said his head wasn't in the game and asked me to switch trucks with him and lead our patrol back into base. As we were returning a large IED went off above his truck (where I SHOULD have been), killing him instantly. I COULD have said no to his request, I SHOULD have seen the IED, I WOULD change spots with him in an instant.
I had a soilder that got burned out after 10 months in country. He came to me and said he couldn't do the job any more and asked for a transfer. By that time I had already lost five men from my twelve man squad. I told him I would make him a driver and he would be safer there and not have to deal with the breaches. Five days later as we were taking a break and discussing our next patrol, he was shot and killed. I SHOULD have taken him off the team, I COULD have made a better choice, I WOULD trade places with him in an instant.
COULD, WOULD, and SHOULD are there largest ciontributing factors to the rise in soldier suicides. All three lead to guilt and that leads down the path with only suicide as an option. I fight the urge every day and will continue to fight it. I look for every reason I can not to do it. From what it would do to my family, to what kind of mess it would leave in my house. Silly I know but it is what it is.
Financial issues play the largest part in civilian suicides I would have to guess.
The world around us is falling apart. Social networks are less available, money is tight, violence is on the upswing. It doesn't shock me in the least to see that suicides are growing in numbers. And I agree with everyone here that says "it will only get worse".
Originally posted by votan
reply to post by loam
I was lead to believe that guns were leading the cause of injury and death in the USA.
Originally posted by plutoxgirl
reply to post by loam
My country (Uruguay) is the one with the biggest rate of suicide in South America.
Its interesting considering the population of it its only 3 million and something.
They say the cause for most is some kind of psychological disorder. Interesting. So are we all depressive lunatics? :p
The most used way is hanging, 2nd comes self-shot.