Death is a taboo in our society. We avoid discussing this inevitable event at all costs. We are apprehensive even to say that someone has died: we use words such as “passed away”, or “gone on to the next life”.
Talking about death is extremely painful even for people who have lived a long and happy life. Therefore, the conversation about those who still had their whole lives ahead of them is even more distressing. Furthermore, imagine adding another taboo to the mix — a young person taking their life voluntarily.
Indeed, it is hard to be hit by the facts — suicide rate of young adults has tripled since the 1950’s. Nowadays, suicide is the second leading cause of death among 20 to 24-year-olds. The leading cause of death is accidental injury, however it is theorized that a large proportion of deaths labeled as “accidental” were in fact suicides.
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