Brookings Institution: Number of suicides depends on the state of society

15.02.2018, Washington.

Reasons that affect a number of suicides are determined by the state of society, said Carol Graham, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Brookings Institution website reports on February 12.

Carol Graham believes that premature mortality due to preventable deaths is one of the starkest markers of loosing hope. She connects this process to certain socio-economic trends that affect the entire “picture of well-being and happiness”.

Statistics show that the increase in the number of suicides does not depend on race, gender or class. Carol Graham points to a cultural environment which can play an important role in provoking desperation leading to thoughts of suicide regardless of other factors.

Having strong social ties is an important factor of internal balance for a person. Community, purpose, close friendships, and family play the most important role in a person’s sense of well-being and happiness.

American experts are beginning to work on determining the link between despair and trauma caused by discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, rape, or other forms of experienced violence.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US. Every year, almost 45,000 Americans commit suicide. The number of suicides in the country kept increasing over the past 10 years.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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