. Suicide is often committed out of despair or attributed to some underlying mental disorder, such as depression, bipolar disorder
, or drug abuse
. Pressures or misfortunes such as financial difficulties or troubles with interpersonal relationships often play a significant role.
Over one million people die by suicide every year. The World Health Organization
(WHO) estimates that it is the thirteenth leading cause of death worldwide and the National Safety Council rates it sixth in the United States.
I believe often that death is good medical treatment because it can achieve what all the medical advances and technology cannot achieve today, and that is stop the suffering of the patient.
A long illness seems to be placed between life and death, in order to make death a comfort both to those who die and to those who remain.
Let them think what they liked, but I didn't mean to drown myself. I meant to swim till I sank – but that's not the same thing.
Death is my final civil liberty, and I do not choose to surrender it to the state, a church or a physician.
We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.
The Wood of Suicides has changed since my last visit to Hell. I remember it as a tiny grove. Now it resembles a forest.