34 Shocking Facts About Suicide That Will Make You Change Your Mind


With someone committing suicide every 40 seconds, the act of intentionally taking one’s life is getting rampant in recent times. It is not normal for someone to think up a plan of taking his or her own life and actually implement it. Suicide is the act of intentionally causing one’s own death and it is often caused by despair, frustration and mental disorder. Although depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, alcoholism, drug abuse and even lack of money can also contribute to the increase in frequency of this act.

Over the years, suicide victims have employed different creative ways of carrying out the shameless act, but the most common ways of committing suicide is by hanging, firearms, poisons, drug misuse, jumping from a height, choking one’s self, orchestrating a run over by a car or truck, etc. The fact remains that it will not profit a man to take his own life, when there are a lot of things to make life pleasurable.

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In ancient Athens, a person who committed suicide without the approval of the state was denied the honors of a normal burial. The person would be buried alone, on the outskirts of the city, without a headstone or marker. That was just a way to make the people know that suicide was not acceptable and would not be condoned even if the person was already dead. In Ancient Rome, while suicide was initially permitted, it was later deemed a crime against the state due to its economic costs. In America today, irrespective of the laws placed against suicidal missions, suicide is attempted approximately one million times every year. Here are facts about suicide that will inspire a change of plan if you once had it in mind.



1. 99.9 % of people who committed suicide regretted it just after they did it.

2. About 2/3 of people who complete suicide are depressed at the time of their deaths.

3. In 1993, the founder of Victoria’s Secret, Roy Raymond, committed suicide by leaping off the Golden Gate Bridge.

4. In 2012, more U.S. soldiers committed suicide than the ones that died in combat.

5. The Japanese authorities constructed a fence around a volcano at Mount Mihara to stop a trend of over 2000 people committing suicide by jumping in.

6. Suicide is not hereditary but Ernest Hemingway, his father, his brother, his sister and his granddaughter all committed suicide.

7. More people commit suicide in New York City than are murdered.

8. Most people who commit suicide, do it on a Wednesday.

9. 1 in every 5 people in Greenland attempt suicide at some point in their lives.

10. Many animals have been reported to commit suicide, including dogs, cows, bulls, and sheep.

11. There are twice as many suicides as there are homicides in the U.S.

12. 2% of people who jump off the Golden Gate Bridge survive the fall. One man even jumped off for “fun”.

13. During WWII, Japanese war criminal Tojo Hideki attempted suicide after the surrender. He was saved and resuscitated by Allied forces, who then hanged him legally.

14. Rudolf Diesel, who invented the Diesel engine committed suicide in 1913 because he didn’t think his invention would be successful.

15. The Golden Gate Bridge is the #1 suicide site in the world.

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16. In the UK, the most common cause of death for men under 50 is suicide.

17. Nearly 30,000 Americans commit suicide every year.

18. In the U.S, suicide rates are highest during the spring.

19. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for 15 to 24-year-olds and 2nd for 24 to 35-year-olds.

20. On average, 1 person commits suicide every 16.2 minutes.

21. Each suicide intimately affects at least 6 other people – father, mother, spouse, friend, child, boss.

22. When Ashton Kutcher was 13 years old, he contemplated committing suicide in order to give his heart to his dying brother.

23. Suicide attempts were punished as crimes in England and Wales until 1961.

23. Established writers and artists are 18 times more likely to commit suicide than the general population.

25. Un-diagnosed/untreated depression is the number 1 cause of suicide.

26. There is 1 suicide for every 25 attempted suicides.

27. Males make up 79% of all suicides, while women are more prone to having suicidal thoughts.

28. 1 in 65,000 children ages 10 to 14 commit suicide each year.

29. There are 2 times as many deaths due to suicide than HIV/AIDS.

30. Over 50% of all suicides are completed with a firearm.

31. 1 in 25 U.S. teenagers has attempted suicide.

32. There’s an episode of “Tom and Jerry” that ends with the both of them committing suicide.

33. If you commit suicide in Japan by jumping in front of a train, the family of the deceased will be charged a disruption fee.

34. Veterans comprises of 22.2% of suicidal people.

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