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Published on Oct 3, 2017
One of the oddest facts about the tragedy of suicide is that it isn’t as common in every country, society and age. Rates of suicide appear to rise enormously the more a society becomes wealthy and industrialised. Why should this be? And how can we learn from this about how we might better prevent a terrible loss of life?
“One of the most surprising aspects about one of the saddest of all human possibilities, suicide, is that the suicide rate goes up markedly the richer and more developed a society becomes. We might expect suicide rates to vary across time and place, but not to increase alongside developments in wealth, comfort and security. That we should be unwittingly creating nations in which more of us end up killing ourselves at our own hands appears to negate the whole purpose of economic growth…”