Suicide Statistics26 Nov 2009
The Toronto SUN recently released a number of stories regarding the TTC and suicide, namely the subway suicide death toll and a TTC train driver's account of a suicide. There has been quite a bit of chatter on some social media sites regarding the statistics and why they should have, or shouldn't have been released.
Personally, I'm all for the release of any statistics -- particularly ones that relate to suicide, depression and things that are generally (or frequently) left out of the discussion for whatever reason. Often they're considered taboo within societies and are closely guarded to prevent copycats. I'm on the opposite end of the argument myself, having been suicidal for a number of years previous: The topic does hit close to home.
My argument is that suicidal people don't need to hear these statistics to know that suicide by bus, train or any other method is viable: We already spend our days thinking of ways of killing ourselves, how it will affect our families, friends and those around us -- or worse, concerns about how it won't have any effect on them. What suicidal people need is more open discussion, thought, and the topic being less taboo so we have outlets and people we can discuss it with, without feeling alone.
Society needs to be social in order to help one another with their problems. Pretending they don't exist is no solution, it only allows them to propagate.
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Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Canadians between the ages of 10 and 24
According to a report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), more men in Ontario committed suicide in the past 10 years than died in car crashes