You Should Be More Scared of Suicide than Homicide

We’re always worried about some crazy guy killing us more than we are with killing ourselves.  Statistically, you have a better chance of committing suicide than you do being murdered.

The homicide rate in Canada is 1.5 people for every 100,000.  The suicide rate is 11 people for every 100,000.  Every year about 3600 people commit suicide in this country.  The number of murders every year is in the 500 range.  I guess this could also mean that you have a better chance of killing yourself than murdering someone.  These statistics could also indicate that a person is more likely to know more people that have committed suicide than were murdered.  You’re more likely though to hear of someone you know getting murdered than someone committing suicide.  Someone committing suicide doesn’t usually make the 6 o’clock news.

Some interesting stats on suicide in Canada but it’s probably similar in other developed countries.

– About four times more men will commit suicide this year than women.
-Women make 3 to 4 times more suicide attempts than men. 

This would indicate that men are mentally stronger and have what it takes to get the job done.  Men don’t play pretend like little girls looking for drama. There’s equal opportunity when it comes to suicide but women try 3 to 4 times harder at something that a man is 4 times more successful at.  #YesAllMen

-Women are also hospitalized for attempted suicide at 1.5 times the rate of men.

Not only do women suck at killing themselves, they want someone to take care of them after they have failed.  If a man fails at his attempt to kill himself, he doesn’t need a shoulder to cry on and a teddy bear.  He takes it like a man and walks away with his pride.  If a man can’t finish a job he knows he doesn’t deserve any sympathy.

-Suicide rates for the immigrant population are about half those for the Canadian-born.

This makes sense.  More immigrants have more to get excited about like 3 meals a day and a day off work.  Even if you’re an immigrant and already have those things, you appreciate them more than someone who has lived here all their lives.  Also, I guess, immigrants are more family oriented which gives people more of a reason to stay alive.  Come to think of it, there’s quite a few more reasons.

-While suicide is often perceived as a problem among young people, men over the age of 80 have the highest suicide rate in Canada.

Who wants to live past 80?  I think once you get to a certain old age and want to die, you think about taking your own life while you still have the physical ability.  I wonder if the suicide rate for men over the age of 80 has dropped since Viagra.

-According to the WHO, suicide rates have increased by 60 per cent worldwide in the last 45 years.

So life has become 60% shittier in the last 45 years?  Or maybe it wasn’t as cool to kill yourself back then?

It’s kind of weird how you never asked to be born and sometimes your parents didn’t want you to be born either but you’re also not supposed to kill yourself.  Suicide is always the other option that no one mentions in every bad situation.  It seems like most people kill themselves without making it count.  If you’re going to throw away your life, you should use it to your advantage.  Not caring about your life can be a great advantage over the 99% of people that do care.  It’s your opportunity to be part of the 1%.  That’s why some guys kill their boss or their ex-wife before ending their own.  To them it would seem like a waste not to.

You don’t have to take someone else’s life though.  I would never encourage that because I would feel bad.  There are a vast spectrum of other options.  Some other options include attempting to climb Mount Everest, robbing a bank, groping a police officer.  The options are endless so don’t just wake up and hang yourself.  At least sign up to be an organ donor before taking yourself out.

Ending your life should be done in the same fashion as how you would want to end a story, movie or blog post.  You don’t want a shitty ending.



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