For the last decade, Japan has been facing an epidemic of suicides. The reasons why the Japanese people commit suicide are numerous and the Japanese government is struggling to slow this sweeping trend while having only limited success. Japan’s suicide rate is one of the highest rates among industrialized countries, sitting currently at 51 per 100,000 people per year (WHO). With an average of one suicide every fifteen minutes in Japan, a complete societal change must occur for the epidemic of suicide to be reduced. In the late 1990’s, Japan’s economy went into a recession and the country’s suicide rate jumped from 24,000 to over 30,000 per year, and has stubbornly stayed at that rate since 1998 with no indication of declining statistics.
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In fact, young males are particularly vulnerable to suicide. The highest rate is among 20-24 yr old males at 31.9 per 100,000 population, 42% of those who died in 2010 were men less than 40 years of age. Risk Factors The risk factors for suicide are numerous and wide-ranging and include mental disorders, alcohol and other substance abuse, feelings of hopelessness, experiences of bullying, family history of suicide, previous suicide attempts, lack of social support, a sense of isolation, major physical illness, a history of trauma or abuse, significant life events (e.g. a family bereavement), loss of relationship, job or financial loss and easy access to lethal methods. Mental disor... ... middle of paper ... ...ions available significantly improves the detection and treatment of depression.
Review of Literature: Suicide Suicide is a very real problem in our society today. According to the CDC, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in Americans. (CDC) There is an increasing number of people committing suicide and people attempting suicide each year. Unfortunately, there is a stigma around suicide that makes people afraid to ask for the help that they need. This review of literature discusses suicide by addressing the following questions to three main ideas: 1.
When you call a suicide hotline in Japan, you may have to dial that number 30 or 40 times, because the lines are so busy. Suicide in Japan poses a major social issue affecting the whole world. It has one of the highest suicide rates due to unemployment, a cultural “acceptance” of suicide, and failed government attempts to make a change. At least 30,000 Japanese have killed themselves every year for the last fourteen years. These rates are significantly higher than those of other industrial countries.
In the United States, suicide is the third leading cause of death for young adults between the ages of 15 and 24. According the U.S Center for Disease Control, an estimated 276,000 kids between 14 and 17 try killing themselves each year, and more than 5,000 succeed. The current rate is four times that of 1950. (Merritt 9) This is shocking because teen suicide is one of the most preventable actions. Some people believe that teens who commit suicide do not give any warning signals.
Suicide is the most common death in the United States because of this issue with mental illnesses. Furthermore, mental illnesses not only causes suicide, but also with a significant role of others. Suicide is becoming the most common death in the United States. According to the American Association of Suicidology, suicide is ranked as the tenth most common death in the United States. Further, 42,773 people in the United States have committed suicide.