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By: - at July 3, 2014

Top 15 Reasons Why People Commit Suicide

Top 15 reasons why people commit suicide.

Suicide is a serious problem in the United States and all over the world. More than 30,000 people in the U.S. commit suicide each year and another 750,000 make suicide attempts. There are several reasons why people attempt to or are successful at taking their own lives. These reasons may not make sense to some but for the person who wants to commit suicide, they believe it is their only option.

Not everyone who attempts suicide is successful and it's estimated that one out of 25 people who attempt suicide actually die by it. While suicidal thoughts are extremely common, acting on those thoughts are not. There are common misconceptions and myths about suicide as well as suicidal people. This list will explain the top 15 reasons why people commit suicide and how you can get help if you or someone you know is suicidal.

15)  Mistake
Yes, you can take your own life by mistake and there are numerous ways you can accidentally kill yourself. Recreational drug use can lead to overdosing and alcoholism can cause you to die from alcohol poisoning. Things such as horseplay and being careless have been the cause of someone accidentally committing suicide. Bungee jumping, skydiving, whitewater rafting and other thrill seeking activities can cause a person to lose their lives as well as dangerous games, like Russian Roulette.

Accidental Drug Overdose
Accidental Drug overdose is a may to mistakingly commit suicide.

Another cause that seems to be getting more common when it comes to accidental suicide is the act of autoerotic asphyxiation. Autoerotic asphyxiation involves decreasing your oxygen supply during sexual acts to heighten your orgasmic release. Both adults and teens have fallen victim to this accidental suicide tactic. In fact, almost 1,000 people die each year due to autoerotic asphyxiation. These individuals use things, such as:  ties, ropes, cords and clothing to limit their breathing while having sex or masturbating. Usually, these people set up a way to quickly free themselves after they’ve achieved orgasm but sometimes their fail-safe falls through and they end up losing unconsciousness then dying. Most of the people who die from autoerotic asphyxiation do not want to die, they also do not realize the dangers involved with this act.

14)  Humiliating Situation
You’ve probably been embarrassed or felt humiliated at least once in your life. No, it’s not a great feeling but most of us are able to overcome it. However, some people feel as though they can never get pass their humiliating situation and end up taking their own lives because of it. Adults, teens and even children have killed themselves as a means of escaping the feelings that come with being humiliated. Several members of the LGBT community have committed suicide after being outed to family and friends by other people. Mothers, fathers, and legal guardians have taken their own lives after losing their jobs and being unable to provide for their families. Things like being cheated on, failing a course or being kicked out of college can make a person feel so embarrassed that they feel it is impossible to go on. If you need someone to talk to about a humiliating situation that has happened to you then you can go to to speak with people who understand your feelings and won’t judge you.


13)  Feelings of Helplessness and Hopelessness
Many times a person commits suicide because they feel they have no reason left to live. You may have hit patches in your life where you feel like nothing is going right and things will never change. Some people who experience those feelings on an everyday basis feel like they’re ready to stop trying and give up. There are numerous reasons for which a person might feel like things will never get better:  being stuck in a living situation that they cannot get out of, not making enough money to pay their bills, being overly affected by the negative aspects of the world, being homeless and needing to rely on government assistance are all reasons someone may decide to take their own life. Children and teenagers who are unhappy with their family life at home or who are doing poorly in school may feel like things will never get better for them then sometimes decide to commit suicide. Both adults as well as children may feel like they are a burden to someone else and may believe that if they are gone then it will improve the lives of others. There are people out there who want to help you get over feeling helplessness, talk to you doctor who can refer you to counseling or therapy.

Hopeless and Helpless feelings as well as roots
The feelings of hoplessness and helplessness can cause suicidal thoughts.

Therapy is available to help those with Suicidal Thoughts.
Therapy is available to help those with Suicidal Thoughts.

12)  Changes in Family
You may know of someone who has gone through a divorce, you may even have gone through one yourself or maybe you’re the child of divorced parents. Perhaps your spouse cheated on you or maybe your parents spend more time with your new sibling and seem to have forgotten about you. All of these could be and more than likely have been reasons a person has committed or attempted suicide. Many people take family very seriously and are adverse to change. Someone in the middle of a divorce might feel like they’ve failed in keeping their spouse happy. If children are involved, they may also feel like they’ve failed their children. If one person is required to pay child and spousal support, that person may feel like they’ll never have any money for themselves and might feel like they’ve been wronged. If you’re going through a divorce, you might feel like the drastic change is too much for you to bear. Children who witness their parents relationship dissolving may feel like it’s their fault and think that if they’re gone, it will help their parents get back together. When parents bring home a new addition to the family, a child might feel like their parents have forgotten about or no longer need them. While changes in your life can be scary, you are not alone with your feelings. Family and friends can be your support system as well as mental health professionals.

Divorce can cause Suicidal Thoughts
Divorce can cause Suicidal Thoughts.

Jealousy of a new addition to the family can bring about Suicidal Thoughts
Jealousy of a new addition to the family can bring about Suicidal Thoughts.

11)  Chronic Pain
It’s probably not a shock to you that people experiencing chronic pain decide to take their own lives because people who suffer from chronic pain never receive any relief. They may take medications to help them cope but the pain never actually goes away. These people are tired of living with pain and believe if they kill themselves the pain will be gone. Chronic pain with no known cause, such as back pain and migraines, is linked to an increased suicide risk. Former sports players and war veterans may attempt to take their own lives when they suffer from chronic pain with no relief. These people sometimes get tired of taking pills and other medications or undergoing various tests. They’ve seen countless doctors and when they feel like their pain isn’t or can’t be managed, they feel like suicide is the only answer for a reprieve.

Chronic Pain is a Top Reason People Commit Suicide
Chronic Pain is a Top Reason People Commit Suicide.

Dependency on Pain Killers is Dangerous and can be a Motive for Suicide.
Dependency on Pain Killers is Dangerous and can be a Motive for Suicide.

10)  Death of a Loved One
The pain of losing a loved one can cause someone to take their life, parents sometimes do this when they cannot cope with the death of losing a child. A child might attempt suicide after the death of one of their parents, one significant other might commit suicide after losing their soul mate. People form strong emotional bonds to other people and when they lose that person the grief can be too much for them to deal with. Sometimes if the person who died was the main income provider for a family, the other provider may feel like they’ll never be able to manage without them and will attempt suicide. In elderly couples who have been together for many years, when one of them dies the other feels so lost and lonely without them they may try as well as succeed at taking their own life because they hope they’ll join their loved one. Attempting suicide because of death of a loved one isn’t limited to the loved one being a human being. Some people even commit suicide after the death of their pets, a man killed himself because he couldn’t get over the death of his cat. If you’re having trouble coping with the lost of a loved one, try speaking with a professional. If you’re unable to do so, forums like The Light Behind forum are filled with people who can offer you a listening ear.

Some cannot cope with the loss of a Loved One and Take their Own Life
Some cannot cope with the loss of a Loved One and Take their Own Life.

9)  Serious Injury or Illness
For every person you’ve seen battling a serious injury or illness, there’s probably another who willingly gave up the battle. Like chronic pain, people who suffer from serious illnesses or injuries might decide to give up and commit suicide to escape the pain as well as frustration. Some war veterans or patients with diabetes who have lost limbs might decide that life is too hard or isn’t worth living. Sometimes even finding ways to cope with the pain can lead to suicide. Some individuals who suffer from diseases, such as Crohn’s disease, get addicted to the pain medications prescribed to them. This addiction leads to accidental or purposeful overdose. If you’re having trouble managing pain, please talk to your doctor because there may be other alternatives for you.

Serious Injury can Make someone Feel as Though they Cannot go On
Serious Injury can Make someone Feel as Though they Cannot go On.

Crohn's Disease is enough for some to commit suicide
Crohn's Disease is enough for some to commit suicide.

8)  Terminal Illness
Similar to serious illness, terminal illness involves pain and frustration. But unlike serious illness, someone with a terminal illness will eventually die from it. Many people with terminal illnesses feel like it’s pointless to wait for the illness to kill them and will decide to take their own lives. This can be a controversial topic because some people think that since they’re going to die anyway it’s okay for the terminally ill to do this. Certain hospitals even have physician-assisted suicides under state laws that allow for physicians to aid a terminally ill patient with legally committing suicide. Many cancer patients and people who have AIDS decide to commit suicide because they believe they’ll become too sick and helpless and will have to depend on other people to care for them. These people both want the pain and frustration of their illness to end and some feel that they are being selfless to their loved ones because they will not have to care for them.

Terminally Ill people are inclined to commit Suicide
Terminally Ill people are inclined to commit Suicide.

7)  Low Self-Esteem
Self-esteem involves having confidence in your abilities and your own self-worth. You may know people with high or low self-esteem. You may have high or low self-esteem yourself. Sometimes it takes steps to work up your self-esteem if it’s particularly low but for some people their self-esteem is so low they believe that they do not deserve to live. Although self-esteem refers to esteem of yourself, many outside factors can cause a person to have low self-esteem. Being mistreated by friends, family, loved ones and people you trust can cause it. Comparing your physical appearance to people you see on television, in movies and other entertainment media outlets can be damaging to your self-esteem. Feeling like you’re not in the same place or doing the same things with your life as your peers are can also cause you to have low self-esteem. When your self-esteem is too low you may find that you don’t care about yourself or what happens to you. People who have low self-esteem might feel like they are living a pointless life and may attempt to commit suicide. If you think you have low self-esteem and are plagued by thoughts of suicide, talk to your family and friends. They can see great things in you that maybe you aren’t able to see on your own.

Low Self Esteem can cause Suicide
Low Self Esteem can cause Suicide

6)  Bullying
Bullying is becoming a huge problem in today’s society, people who have been bullied are two to nine times more likely to think about suicide. Around 30 percent of children have been bullied or are bullied themselves and 160,000 kids stay home from school out of fear of being bullied by their peers. In the past, bullying seemed to be limited to emotional or physical bullying. Due to current technology, bullying can consist of cyberbullying, texting, sexting or even circulating photos of people that includes nude or suggestive photos. Bullying is not limited to children and teens, even adults can and are bullied. When you’re bullied, you may feel like you have nowhere to turn and no one to talk to. Sometimes children go to their teachers or other authority figures that do nothing about it. Many times you don’t want to tell your parents about the bullying because you think word will get back to the bully and the bullying will worsen. Even parents can bully their children, making it so they feel like death is the only answer. Adults may worry that they will lose their jobs if they report that their boss or coworkers are bullying them. No one deserves to be bullied and if you’re being bullied, report it to an adult or to human resources.

Technology makes it easier to Bully people and make them want to kill themselves
Technology makes it easier to Bully people and make them want to kill themselves.

Bullying can make people feel suicidal
Bullying can make people feel suicidal

5)  Physical Abuse
If you’ve never experienced physical abuse, you should be thankful. Women, children, men, intersex individuals, transgender, gender fluid and non-binary individuals can be and are victims of physical abuse everyday. Physical abuse can be anything from being hit or slapped by a person that you are intimate with to being beat up by a family member. Some people are attacked because of their appearance, sexual orientation or because they don’t follow certain gender roles and norms. When people feel like they can no longer take the beatings and the abuse, they attempt or commit suicide as a way to relieve themselves from the pain. Anyone, regardless of how big, small, young or old can be physically abused. You do not have to have noticeable bruises, wounds or scars to be physically abused. Even people who you love and are close to you can physically abuse you. A wife can abuse her husband and a father can abuse his child. Children can abuse other children and a child can abuse its parents under the right circumstances. Physical abuse is illegal, if someone is physically abusing you then call the police and go somewhere that is safe from the abuser.

Physical Abuse can be from Anyone and can Lead to Suicide
Physical Abuse can be from Anyone and can Lead to Suicide.

4)  Emotional and Verbal Abuse
You might be able to see the signs of physical abuse because most of the time it leaves bruises but with emotional and verbal abuse, the scars you receive are on the inside, not the outside. Anyone can suffer from emotional abuse and anyone can emotionally abuse other people. You may not even realize when you’re emotionally abusing someone. Insulting, picking on and shaming a person can qualify as emotional abuse. Sometimes when a person receives too much emotional abuse they feel like they are worthless and try to kill themselves. If you are a parent who emotionally or verbally abuses your child, the child may pick up your behavior and may emotionally abuse their friends or siblings. You might even catch them saying abusing things to their toys and stuffed animals. Verbal and emotional abuse is difficult to recover from. The emotional scarring that the person gets from the abuse becomes embedded into their self-esteem. They may start to believe those negative things that are being said to them and may want to end their lives because of them. If you are being emotionally abused, talk to someone you trust about the issue. If you believe you may be emotionally abusing someone, search for local anger management classes or look them up online.

Emotional and Verbal Abuse can make someone want to Kill Themselves
Emotional and Verbal Abuse can make someone want to Kill Themselves.

3)  Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse is both very scary and very real, anyone can be a victim. Sexual abuse does not only involve things such as rape or molestation. If also includes things such as voyeurism, exhibitionism, forcing someone to look at pornographic videos or pictures, sexual harassment, violent sexual threat and taking nude pictures of someone without their knowledge or of someone who isn’t able to refuse or consent. When a person is sexually abused, they may feel like they’ve lost a part of themselves. The event can be so devastating and traumatic that they feel like it’s something that they will never be able to get past, especially when they are sexually abused by someone they trusted such as a parent or loved one. If you’ve been sexually abused then you may find that it’s hard to form bonds as well as connections with other people and you may have trust issues. These feelings can haunt the person who has been abused and they may feel like dying will be the only way to forget. Sexual abuse can lead to physically and mentally damaging behavior, if the abused person doesn’t commit suicide then it is possible that they may go on to abuse other people. Sexual abuse is illegal and you do not have to stand for it. Contact the local authorities about the abuse, they will help keep you safe and will direct you to getting mental health treatment.

Sexual Abuse can Include Many things and May Lead to Suicide
Sexual Abuse can Include Many things and May Lead to Suicide.

2)  Mood and Mental Disorders
Mood and mental disorders can lead someone to suicide. There is about a 27 percent rate of a person having a mental or mood disorder during the time of suicide. Many people who take their own lives have certain mental disorders, such as:  schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and post traumatic stress disorder. Usually most of these mental disorders can be treated with medicine and counseling. However, if someone isn’t being treated for their disorders or is not taking their medications then they might fall victim to the disorder and try to commit suicide. For some disorders like schizophrenia, voices inside the person’s head may convince them to kill themselves. If you have a mental disorder, you must take your medications. If you’re having trouble with your medications or are unsure of whether or not you have a mental disorder then contact your doctor who can arrange a referral for you to speak to a psychiatrist.

Schizophrenia is a cause of Suicide
Schizophrenia is a cause of Suicide.

PTSD is a Mental Disorder that can lead to Suicide

PTSD is a Mental Disorder that can lead to Suicide.

1)  Depression
It is more common for someone to attempt suicide due to depression than it is for them to commit suicide due to cancer, AIDs and diabetes combined. Anyone can suffer from depression, it's a crippling mental disorder that takes joy out of your life. If you’re suffering from major depression then you may notice that you no longer have an interest in the things you used to enjoy or you no longer care about spending time with people that you love. Major depression can make it so that you can barely get out of bed in the morning, when you are suffering from depression you are in a hopeless,  helpless state and feel that nothing as well as no one will ever be able to help you. People who are suffering from depression have a chemical imbalance inside their brains and depending on how bad their depression is they may even be able to mask how depressed they really are. Sometimes the depressed person can get better on their own but more often than not, they need help. If a person becomes too depressed they may feel like they’re better off dead because they’ll never be happy.

Depression is the Number 1 Cause of Suicide
Depression is the Number 1 Cause of Suicide.

Conclusion & Help
As you can see, people attempt or commit suicide for many reasons. When a person feels that death is the only answer to their problems then they are in need of help. If you are having suicidal thoughts or know someone who is suicidal, there are people out there who want to help you.

You can contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK at anytime, day or night. If you prefer to chat with someone online, you can go to IMALIVE to be connected to someone who is waiting to talk to you and help you through your crisis. There are numerous websites and crisis organizations for you to turn to. Please contact one of them before resorting to more drastic measures, like inflicting pain to yourself or attempting to take your own life.





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