a be you book starts with this:
Our county is 6th in the nation in suicide rate. Every 9 days someone takes their life. Globally, the current rate is one every 40 seconds. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in 11-24 year olds.
The measure we are currently using toward success, the actions we are currently using to fix problems, even to determine which problems are problems, aren’t boding us well.
We’re watching suicide rate increase as other death rates decrease.
Otto Scharmer‘s new book starts with this:
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2000 more than twice as many people died from suicide as died in wars.
At one point (slide 51), we were calling Mad World the lab theme song…
I think one of the reasons many of the kids in the lab felt adamant about keeping the name – detox– for this process of learning to learn, is because of issues such as suicide. It’s not a light hearted, or a mean-spirited, let’s do away with school, let’s fight for rights, et al, .. revolution. It’s about the corruption of the human spirit. Many have suggested – detox – is too harsh, or has too many bad connotations. Perhaps that’s the point.
You’re the only one that can.
Perhaps Oscar Wilde is right…
And if so, perhaps many suicides are homicides.
Perhaps if we detox/disrupt ourselves, become ourselves, we’ll get at the root of the problem, instead of more rules/security/laws/lawsuits/paperwork/distrust.
as a people.
I don’t know if it’s productive to speculate about that, but here’s a thing that I do wonder about this morning, and that I hope you’ll think about, too. I don’t know for sure whether Aaron understood that any of us, any of his friends, would have taken a call from him at any hour of the day or night. I don’t know if he understood that wherever he was, there were people who cared about him, who admired him, who would get on a plane or a bus or on a video-call and talk to him.
every person needs to know.
perhaps we spend the next 10, 20, 5, 1 year…
perhaps we spend just one year.. on just that.
in public Ed.
I still expect my kids to attend an ordinary and gigantic public high school. But the least I can do is promise this: If there’s ever a referendum on extending the school year, I’ll vote no.
Given that the summer vacation reduces the teen suicide rate from 6.22 per 100,000 to 4.71, this means that banning public school would save 1,092 lives per year.
on suicide talk as taboo..
Our highly personalized reaction to Robin Williams’s suicide, and our inability to sustain a national conversation about the depression epidemic after his death, provide important clues about why we’ve made so little progress in addressing this problem.
tweets via Taleb:
The suicide rate in Belgium is >1.7 x both suicide & homicide rate in the U.S.
(yes, with “guns”). News turns normal people into idiots.
The suicide rate is Belgium is >4 times the total homicide rate in Lebanon,
(including war violence & suicide). News makes people clueless.
The suicide rate is Japan is >6 times the total homicide rate in Lebanon,
(including war violence & suicide). News makes people clueless.
Nadine Burke Harris – early adversity – aces=4 – suicide 12 times higher
Tim Ferriss on suicide:
on masking depression:
on suicide being a match for debt from debt footnotes. (as myth)
dark side to start ups:
suicide on campus:
video – of survivor from golden gate bridge jump:
guns and suicide
greenland highest suicide rate in world -via Tom:
The details blurred into one long, dismal memory of bodies found and parents crying and silent funerals where no one ever asked the question that everyone was wondering.
In Greenland, the problem was only getting worse. Between 1970 and 1980, the suicide rate there quadrupled to about seven times the U.S. rate (it’s still about six times higher). The suicide rate was, and still is, so high that it’s not an exaggeration to say that everyone in Greenland knows someone who has killed himself. Many people I spoke with struggled to explain what that felt like, to live in a place where suicide is so pervasive, and most of them settled uncomfortably on the same word: normal.
Atsa answered thousands of calls during her time on the hotline, and for her, there was a clear pattern behind Greenland’s suicides. Love, she says. Or, loss of it.
There’s also something broader — a loss of identity that happens when a culture, in this case Inuit culture, is demonized and broken down. When a culture is largely erased over less than a generation, as it was in Greenland, a lot of young people feel cut off from the older generations, but not really part of the new one.
The first one said Loneliness. Being lonely for long time. Being lonely in whole life.
Number three read simply Love.
shared by shay on fb – cause is never simply suicide – quit saying committed suicide
my revolutionary suicide – by Melissa Harris-Perry
already dead.. to oppression/patriarchy/sexism/racism/homophobia/hatred..
aug 2016 – suicide in co
shared by Graham on fb:
The thing most likely to kill me is me
via Dougald‘s crossed lines #11.. via Anne.. et al.. on suicide ness.. and how it’s been going up for white middle class males (w no college degree).. and how those are ones voting for trump ness
Case-Deaton death rate study, but seen through the eyes of someone living in one of those counties, someone who has been sitting in with the Medical Examiner:
A typical day would include three overdoses, one infant suffocated by an intoxicated parent sleeping on top of them, one suicide, and one other autopsy that could be anything from a tree-felling accident to a car wreck (this distribution reflects that not all bodies are autopsied, obviously.) You start to long for the car wrecks…
Unlike the AIDS crisis, there’s no sense of oppressive doom over everyone. There is no overdose-death art. There are no musicals. There’s no community, rising up in anger, demanding someone bear witness to their grief. There’s no sympathy at all. The term of art in my part of the world is “dirtybutts.” Who cares? Let the dirtybutts die.You know, I could just repost every other paragraph of that piece here, but really you should go and read the whole thing.same post:Yeah I know, not fun and games – the shouts, the smashing glass, the headlights on the lawn, but what am I supposed to do, raise my kid to stay one step ahead of the inspectors and don’t, for the love of god, don’t ever miss a payment on your speeding ticket? A noose is something I know how to fight. A hole in the frame of my car is not. A lifetime of feeling that sense, that “ohhhh, shiiiiiit…” of recognition that another year will go by without any major change in the way of things, little misfortunes upon misfortunes… a lifetime of paying a grand a month to the same financial industry busily padding the 401k plans of cyclists in spandex, who declare a new era of prosperity in America? Who can find clarity, a sense of self, any kind of redemption in that world?’
the dreams we are sold.. even when we achieve them appear illusionarycomparison you’re making inside you’re head.. my life should not be like this..
how can we create the conditions for more fruitful convos about what it means to be vulnerable in these conditions.. but also.. the ways in which society itself says.. this is what you need to do to feel happy
fb share by heidi h g – death by 1000 cuts