Class Notes (835,309)
Canada (509,088)
Lecture

Feb 10

7 Pages
87 Views
Unlock Document

Department
Religious Studies
Course
RELIGST 2N03
Professor
Sherry Smith
Semester
Winter

Description
th Relig St 2N03 February 10 2014 Ruth Goodman - Healthy, independent, Vancouver senior that commited suicide in bid to change right to die law - Was worried she was becoming a burden, beginning to lose independence - Wrote a suicide note to her son, said to him that she is simply old, tired and becoming dependent. - Her son gave letter to media - Wanted people to have the choice to end their lives - According to alec shadenburg, she did it on her own, no law was broken, so no need to change law Suicide - Suicides documented throughout history - Most complex and least understood of human behaviours - No single answer to explain why - Occurs at every age, from childhood onwards - Worldwide issue - Does not discriminate o Although some groups at more risk than others Statistical issues - WHO estimates 1 million suicides a year th - 13 leading cause of death worldwide th o 10 leading cause in developing countries - More prevalent among youth th - 4 leading cause of death for youth - Modernization factor o Modernization makes it much more difficult for people to feel connected and secure in a familiar and predictable society Statistical issues- Canada - 3890 suicide sin Canada (2009) - Rate is 3x higher for males - Highest rates: age 40-59 - Married people had lowest rates o Lower than single, divorced, widowed United States - 33000 deaths per year - Approx. 90 suicides a day - Ranks 11 as leading cause of death - All suicides may not be reported o In very young may be underestimated, people cannot comprehend why a child would take their own life o Also suicides of ailing, elderly may be underestimated- thought it was heart attack or their illness o Medical examiners known to shade the facts when there is ambiguity about cause of death  To protect family  If you commit suicide family does not receive death benefits - Highest suicide rate is elderly men- 75 and older - 8 million americans consider suicide each year - Guns are most common method used my men, poison most common used by women - Overall guns are most common followed by hanging then poisoning Suicide patterns in U.S - Completed suicides occur most often among white males - The white male suicide rate increases with age, but females and non white males reach their peak vulnerability earlier in adult life - The male suicide burden encompases indigenous American and Alaskan, and Hispanic populations – but not African American, Asian or pacific islanders - Suicide remains the third leading cause of death among youth (15-24) o Because spares them from heart disease, stroke, respiratory illness you would have later in life - Bad economic times are usually associated with an increase in suicide rates o Peak during great depression - Suicide rate is higher among people who: o Suffer from depression or psychiatric problems o Use alcohol when depressed o Suffer from physical, irreversible illness  Prolong discomfort, disability, fear of increased disability o Deal with challenges and frustration in an impulsive way o Are divorced o Have lost important relationship through death or breakup o Live in certain areas of the country(USA)  More in rural areas  Maybe less support services High risk situations for suicide - Natural or human made disaster o Victims of floods, earthquakes, hurricanes o Happened after 9/11 - People with HIV /AIDS o Risk of suicide 20% higher among this group - Gambling o Las vegas, have high suicide rate o Pathological gamblers who are depressed are at risk - Bullying o Schoolyard bullies increased risk of suicide for victims but also for themselves o When victims do not have support, situation becomes worse o Bullying victims and bullies more suicidal ideation o Homicidal thoughts might also occur o In recent years, cyber bullying new form of harassment. Suicide- individual meaning - Reunion o May be reunion with a lost loved one o Children vulnerable to reunion fantasies o Some adults are childlike in dependency on others o Usually when person lacks a fully developed sense of self hood- can’t live without that person o Person was a significant source of support - Rest and refuge o Way out of a burdensome and depressing situation o May be the way children or adolescents feel that are
More Less

Related notes for RELIGST 2N03

Log In


OR

Join OneClass

Access over 10 million pages of study
documents for 1.3 million courses.

Sign up

Join to view


OR

By registering, I agree to the Terms and Privacy Policies
Already have an account?
Just a few more details

So we can recommend you notes for your school.

Reset Password

Please enter below the email address you registered with and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Add your courses

Get notes from the top students in your class.


Submit