Suicide Essay

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Every day ninety Americans take their own life, and 2,300 more attempt to do so (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 2010). That estimates to one death caused by suicide every fifteen minutes. Suicide is the eleventh cause of death in the United States. Every time two people die by homicide three people die from suicide (Associates, Evan, Farberow, 2003, p. 122). Many people in the United States tend to think suicide has been defined for many years. In fact suicide practices has been recorded since the earliest of times, but “suicide” itself has only been known since 1662. The first recording of suicide was written by Edward Phillips. “Edward Phillip wrote ‘for New World of Worlds, stating 'suicide' is a barbarous word, more …show more content…
Suicide has three main meanings which are suicide ideation, suicide attempt, and suicide. Suicide ideation has the meaning of intention to harm oneself (CDC/National Center for Health Statistics, 2010). Someone who is going through suicide ideation is making a written or thought out plan for his or her death. The people who plan their death have not attempted to do it yet; they are still in the mentality of if their life is worth living. The second meaning would be attempted suicide. Attempted suicide is where a person attempts the practice of committing suicide and fail. In the United States alone there are 750,000 attempted suicides a year, but “one out of twenty-five people who attempt suicide actually succeed” (Caruso, 2010). When people attempt suicide and survive they inflict more harm upon themselves. Suicidal survivors are usually left brain damaged and in intensive care for the rest of their lives (Caruso, 2010). Even though there are many survivors, people cannot forget numbers of victims. Suicide is the “Fatal self-inflicted destructive act with explicit or inferred intent to die” (Caruso, 2010). The method of suicide is limitless but usual methods are by shooting, hanging, and poisoning, this does not mean these methods are the only method, unusual methods consist of people swallowing poisonous spiders, chocking on underwear, and injecting peanut butter into their veins (Associates, Evan, Farberow,

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