They tell us that suicide is the greatest act of cowardice… that suicide is wrong; when it is quite obvious that there is nothing in the world to which every man has a more unassailable title than to his own life and person.
Suicide, it is the act of intentionally ending your own life. Although the death of a depressed person ends their suffering, the person’s family and friends may grieve. This has been an issue in our society since it causes grief and injustice to the one who committed the act. On other countries suicide is considered as an honorable act of redeeming oneself, to some it is a cowardly act when taking one’s life to harm others.
During the WWII the Axis powers used suicide as a strategic tactic when attacking Allied forces.
The act of throwing away your own life is unacceptable in today’s moral values, people should value their own life more than they should, furthermore, suicidal tendencies may be triggered when an individual is experiencing severe mental stress or the lack of rationality, which may be caused by substance abuse, bullying, financial incapability, poor academic performance, peer pressure and etc. However there is a form of suicide which is paradoxically accepted in society which is called “assisted suicide” which involves a doctor “knowingly and intentionally providing a person with the knowledge or means or both required to commit suicide, including counseling about lethal doses of drugs, prescribing such lethal doses or supplying the drugs, this is only possible if the individual has an incurable disease or is in a near-death state. The most common cause of suicide is depression, if a person experiences depression they will cling to the idea that it is the end of their world, resulting for death being their sought-after refuge.
Statistical analysis shows that approximately 0.5% to 1.4% of people die by suicide, about 12 per 100,000 persons per year. Majority of suicide incidents occur in the developing countries. Because in developing countries the economical state is dire or unstable.
How can we prevent suicide? The local government should limit or prevent the access to firearms and toxin to ascertain the minimal value of casualties. Other measures include reducing access to charcoal and barriers on bridges and train platforms. Treatment of drug and alcohol addiction, depression, and those who have attempted suicide in past may also be effective. For young adults who have recently thought about suicide, cognitive behavioral therapy appears to improve outcomes. Economic development through its ability to reduce poverty may be able to decrease suicide rates.
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