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Suicide Research Paper
Cassandra Tankersley Suicide. It is something that more than 36,000 Americans successfully manage to do every year. It is something that is considered to be a “socially unacceptable” topic of discussion. It is something that affects hundreds of thousands of people each and every day, often in ways most cannot imagine. And I believe that it is something that needs to stop being hidden in the darkest of closets. Without this subject being discussed and researched with more depth than what is already taking place, it will remain a subject without a whole lot of general understanding behind the whys and the causes of people choosing to end their lives. I will admit that this topic is something extremely personal for me, so my views may be colored as to what should be done about the knowledge of suicide, however, I cannot help but feel that this topic is long overdue for its spotlight in the medical world. Make no mistake – this is not about the accidental suicides; it is very much about those who willingly and intentionally plan to and successfully commit suicide. There are various facts a quick Google search can dig up in regards to suicide – such as men are four times as likely to commit suicide than women are, and it's easily discernible that the focus on suicide prevention is on teenagers with recent focus being added to those considered “middle age”. It's also very easy to locate information on “how to help prevent suicide”. But the fact of the matter is is that there is not a lot of information out there regarding why people choose to commit. What makes people choose to kill themselves when so many people have dedicated themselves to prolonging human life? Why did they feel that suicide was their only possible way out of their misery? I, personally, am of the belief that in order to truly understand the mentality of someone who is…...

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