Countries (by sex!) with highest suicide rates.

Via on Aug 5, 2014

“Please know that if you’re depressed, feeling worthless, or thinking of suicide, that you’re not alone. You are worth more than what the depression is tricking you into thinking you are, and there is help available.”

If you’re thinking of suicide:

Contact the Trevor Project if you’re in the US.

If you’re outside of the US, here is a list of international suicide hotlines.

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“Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self esteem, first make sure you are not, in fact, just surrounded by a*******s.” ~ William Gibson

Happiness is a state of mind. Up, down. Happiness is conditional. On sunshine, on crime, on alcoholism, on pressure to succeed, on job opportunity, on love, on community, on exercise, on government. Cheerfulness is unconditional.

We’ve already covered the happiest states in the US. Here’s the flip side, for the whole wide world:

suicide depression map world

Click here for an interactive version, and a breakdown by sex.

Note: “Suicide rate data has always been really problematic. Cultures in which suicide is heavily sitigmatised tend to have lower rates reported. There used to be (or still is, I’m not sure) the notion that Sweden had a really high suicide rate. This arose mostly from more accurate data of the actual rate.”

Interesting: the US and UK rate is higher than Scandinavia.

 

Bonus:

Change Your Entire Life with this Simple Technique from Thich Nhat Hanh. It’s Kind of Amazing!

 

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2 Responses to “Countries (by sex!) with highest suicide rates.”

  1. reclaimingyourfuture says:

    Please be careful with your writing!!! I see article after article of talk about depression (or in this case suicide maps) only to read that 'happiness is a choice'. Yes, if you are a 'normal' (extremely relative term) person then happiness very much is a choice and I wholeheartedly agree that you can actively seek positivity and happiness but please stop comparing this choice of happiness to people with depression and suicidal thoughts because they are two VERY difficult topics of discussion and it's insulting that you don't acknowledge the difference – it's this kind of writing that keeps the world believing that there is nothing wrong with us and that we can simply 'pull ourselves together'.

    Depression/suicide/severe anxiety etc are MEDICAL and diagnosable conditions of the brain and have nothing to do with choice. Believe me. I am 28 years old and I have lost out on huge chunks of my life since I have suffered with mental health issues from the age of 13. If I wanted to be happy and it was simply a choice, I would choose it every day.

    I am living life despite my depression and have just moved to the other side of the world alone to attempt to chase my dreams and live them out but when everything from eating toast to getting dressed seems overwhelming because of the depression, there isn't enough money in the world that would stop me from choosing to be better and happy!

  2. Brittany L. says:

    ^^^ A thousand times this. Thank you @reclaimingyourfuture. <3

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