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Ch. 8 Suicide. Dr. Ashlea Smith. Suicide Sites. Golden Gate Bridge , San Francisco , California - over 1,500 suicides Beachy Head , East Sussex , England , United Kingdom - about 500 suicides

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ch 8 suicide

Ch. 8 Suicide

Dr. Ashlea Smith

suicide sites
Suicide Sites
  • Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California - over 1,500 suicides
  • Beachy Head, East Sussex, England, United Kingdom - about 500 suicides
  • Prince Edward Viaduct, Toronto, Ontario, Canada - over 400 suicides, but none since the completion of the Luminous Veil suicide barrier in 2003
  • Eiffel Tower, Paris, France - about 350 suicides
  • Coronado Bridge, San Diego, California - more than 200 suicides (1972 - 2000) and many more after[1]
  • Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, Taos, New Mexico
  • Aurora Bridge, Seattle, Washington – over 230 suicides since 1932,[1] with over 50 from 1997-2007[2]
  • Jacques Cartier Bridge, Montreal, Quebec, Canada - over 143 suicides. Suicide barriers have been erected in 2003.
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, Australia - about 40 suicides
  • The Gap, New South Wales, Sydney, Australia - about 50 suicides annually
  • Empire State Building, New York, New York - at least 32 suicides
  • Tyne Bridge, Newcastle Upon Tyne - at least 20 suicides
  • Montreal Metro, Montreal, Quebec, Canada - over 129 suicides
  • Niagara Falls
  • Humber Bridge 195 deaths, 5 people have jumped but survived.
  • Mexico City Metro, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Republic of Ireland
  • Vienna U-Bahn, Vienna, Austria
  • Main Building of The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas - 9 (does not include Charles Whitman shootings) [2]
  • Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Tampa Bay, Florida - at least 90 suicides
  • Aokigahara, Mount Fuji, Japan - averages around 70 suicides per year
  • Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol, England - 127 between 1974 and 1993 plus many more before and after
  • Göltzschtalbrücke, Reichenbach (Vogtland), Germany
  • Gateway Bridge, Brisbane, Australia - suicide barriers have since been erected.
  • Bosphorus Bridge, Istanbul, Turkey - Pedestrians are not allowed on the bridge.
  • Minar-e-Pakistan, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Vasterbron, Stockholm, Sweden - number is not known but should exceed a few hundred.
  • Grafton Bridge, Auckland, New Zealand - suicide barriers have since been erected
agenda
Agenda
  • Test scores
  • Attendance
  • Group activity
  • Case Study
  • Discussion/articles Cutting/Self mutilation/Body Modification, etc.
  • Power Point
debate both sides of the story
Debate Both sides of the story

Legal

Illegal

  • It should be legal for doctors to help patients kill themselves “medically assisted suicide”
  • It should be illegal for doctors to help patients kill themselves “medically assisted suicide”
  • Terry Shavo, Dr. Kevorkian
what do you think about suicide
What do you think about suicide?
  • Thoughts
  • Feelings
  • Emotions associated with this
  • Reasons
  • Stressors
  • Religion?
  • Etc.
risk factors
Risk Factors
  • Abuse
  • Depression
  • Personality disorders
  • Anglo Americans
  • Middle age
  • Unemployment
  • Impulsive
  • Emotional
  • Moodiness
  • Unhappiness
  • Lack of self confidence
  • IQ above 135
  • Def: intentional death, self-inflicted death, intentional, direct, and conscious effort to end life
4 types of people who commit suicide
4 types of people who Commit Suicide
  • Death seekers-guarantee a fatal outcome
  • Death initiators-feel that they are already dying
  • Death ignorers-another form of life “grass greener on other side” incarnation
  • Death darers-attention, guilt, anger, risk taking
patterns and stats
Patterns and Stats
  • Austria-highest suicide rate in world
  • Women v. men
  • Methods men v. women
  • Native Americans 1 ½ times the national average
  • Divorced, no close friends
triggers
Triggers
  • What do you think causes someone to contemplate suicide?
what do our models say
What do our Models Say?
  • Psychodynamic-depression, anger, self hatred
  • Sociocultural-poor relationships, no sense of belonging, sacrifice self for others
  • Biological-hereditary, serotonin
  • What is serotonin and what disorders have you learned thus far that play off this neurotransmitter?
suicide age
Suicide & Age
  • Children-500 a yr, 14 and under in US, stabbing, cutting, burning, overdosing, jumping from high places
  • After one runs away, aggression, acting out, personality changes
  • 6-33% thought about suicide
  • Adolescents-2,000 in US, 3rd cause of death
  • 50% have thought about it
  • Triggers”parents, illness, boyfriend/girlfriend
  • Elderly-19% over 65, ill, lose family/friends/control, 1 in 4 succeeds
treatment
Treatment
  • Crisis intervention
  • Hospitalization
  • Observation
  • Suicide contract
  • CBT
  • Drug therapy
  • Psychoeducation groups
  • Support groups
  • hotlines