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Why Do People Commit Suicide?

Why Do People Commit Suicide?

Suicide refers to the act of taking one's own life on purpose. No matter the age of the person or race, how rich of poor they are, it is factual that most people who commit suicide have an emotional or mental disorder. Worldwide, suicide is among the three leading causes of death among people aged 15 to 44. About 30% to 70% of suicide victims suffer from major depression or manic-depressive disorder.

Suicidal behaviour occurs in people with one or more of the following:

• Schizophrenia
• Bipolar disorder
• Drug and alcohol dependence
• Borderline personality disorder
• Depression
• Stressful life events, such as relationship problems or financial issues

It's known that people who commit suicide are trying to run away from a situation that seems impossible to deal with. Many individuals who make a suicide attempt are seeking relief from:

• Feeling guilty or ashamed
• Feeling like a burden on others
• Feelings of loss and rejection
• Feeling like a victim

A person may attempt suicide when there are situations or events that he or she finds overwhelming, such as:

• Emotional trauma
• Unemployment
• Financial problems
• Alcohol or drug dependence
• Death of a loved one
• Suffering from a serious physical illness
• Aging

Most suicide attempts are done in a way that makes rescue possible and these attempts are often a cry for help. If you or a loved one has problems that seem impossible to deal with or has recurrent thoughts of suicide, talk to a mental health professional or a counsellor right away!

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