Suicide Through The Lifespan Of Suicide

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The overview of suicide through the lifespan. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in Canada (Suicide Facts at a Glance, n.d.). In cases of suicide among the elderly, there are many social, psychological, and emotional pressures at play. Two of the most frequent causes of death among the elderly are a sense of social isolation and the loss of independence that comes with aging, often in the form of chronic illness or mental incapacitation. The paper is to investigate the research available on the occurrence of suicide amongst adolescents, adults, and the elderly. The causal factors behind suicides in these three age groups will be examined.
It is hard to imagine that an individual could reach a point where no other options seem viable, yet suicide remains a relevant and pervasive issue in society. Suicide is a leading cause of premature and preventable death. In 2009, it was estimated that there were 100,000 years of potential life lost by Canadians under the age of 75 as a result of suicide (Navaneelan, T., et al., 2012). Suicide is particularly prevalent among two age groups: adolescents and the elderly. Research shows that mental illness is one of the most common characteristics of people who commit suicide in all ages, with more than 90% of suicides being committed by someone with a mental or addictive disorder. The mental illness most often at the root of suicide is depression, with approximately 60% suffering from this condition.
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