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Suicide Facts and Myths

Myth vs. Fact: Suicide

With yesterday's sad news that designer Alexander McQueen was found dead from apparent suicide, it seems as good a time as any to remember how prevalent suicide is. According to the World Health Organization, depression (suicide's leading cause) is poised to become the number-one disability worldwide this year. Over 32,000 people die by suicide each year, and it's the 11th leading cause of death in the United States. See if you can discern the myths from the facts for some of the lesser-known suicide stats.


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Myth vs. Fact: Suicide

The suicide rate peaks in December.

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Monique-Marie427757 Monique-Marie427757 5 years
Why do suicides peak in April and May? I have always read and understoon that December and Feb are the worst times because of X-mas and then debt related to X-mas and then not having someone.
Monique-Marie427757 Monique-Marie427757 5 years
He is one of my favorite designers and I did not even know he committed suicide!!! I feel so bad for his family and for him since he felt there was no other way out. My heart goes out to anyone who loved him.
bryseana bryseana 5 years
I didn't know that about Sigmund Freud. I've been thinking about Alexander McQueen lately. I understand that his mom had passed away a few weeks ago. Losing a parent is really devastating. Plus, he had to deal with Fashion Week on top of that, and I imagine that is very stressful for a designer. But, on the other hand, he had so much going for him. He was young, incredibly successful, talented, handsome, etc...It's hard to understand. Depression is a strange beast.
bryseana bryseana 5 years
I didn't know that about Sigmund Freud. I've been thinking about Alexander McQueen lately. I understand that his mom had passed away a few weeks ago. Losing a parent is really devastating. Plus, he had to deal with Fashion Week on top of that, and I imagine that is very stressful for a designer. But, on the other hand, he had so much going for him. He was young, incredibly successful, talented, handsome, etc...It's hard to understand. Depression is a strange beast.
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 5 years
Good quiz. I've had several suicides in my family and even so, it was very informative.
Janine22 Janine22 5 years
My friends mother just killed herself, she was in her 50's and had been suffering from depression and on Prozac for awhile. It is so sad and difficult to understand!
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 5 years
Quite informative! I never knew that about Mr Freud, how surprising.
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