Following the tragic death of Aaron Swartz on Friday the 11th of January, we were prompted into a discussion about suicide.
At 7pm tonight, Truthloader will hold a LIVE discussion about this issue in our Google Hangout. We will have guest panelists and there will be room for you to have your say, so join us tonight at 7pm.
The moment you begin to look at the numbers, it's clear that something needs to be done, and yet we rarely hear of suicide discussed in an open and frank fashion. So here are the frank statistics. A recent study showed that suicide is now the leading cause of death by injury in the United States, overtaking car accidents in 2009. In the UK, suicide is the leading cause of death of men aged 15 to 35, bar none, outstripping violent crime and even road accidents.
One thing that is inescapable in the stats is the number of men who kill themselves. In the United Kingdom, 3.4 times as many men kill themselves as women. In the US, four times as many men kill themselves, and in Poland, the number is even higher at six times as many.
So why are so many young men killing themselves? Over the last decade there have been vast improvements to car safety because society recognised the number of deaths taking place on the roads, where is the same outcry over the staggering statistics that show that more people are killing themselves than dying in car accidents. What can we do to reverse this worrying trend?
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