Suicide: A complicated problem

Suicides have been growing in the United States, and Sharon Bopp believes that there isn’t enough awareness being spread about it. The rates have been growing, although car crashes have been decreasing.  One thing in particular caught my eye that related to the reading about Durkheim and his theory on suicides. There was a comparison that was made between the rates and the people who live in Washington county and Ohio county, as Ohio has higher rates of suicides that Washington does. Carolyn Givens, executive director of the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation, believes that there is more than one factor contributing to the difference, just as Durkheim believed that suicide was the result of social forces. “There is a strong sense of community spirit that is prevalent (in the county). There is also connection to extended family which we consider to be a protective factor,” said Givens. She is referring to the Washington county, and this provides a more socially integrated community than that of Ohio. This helps provide a low risk for suicide, according to Durkheim, because they are involved in the community, not too much, nor too little. This was an excellent example of Durkheim’s theory. In addition, Givens also stated that the residents have a high sense of spirituality. But if it is too much, it could result in altruistic suicide, as they may feel meaningless from the strain of a religion. However, this seems to not be the case as in 2010, 9 people committed suicide from the Washington county, and 1,420 Ohioans committed suicide.

I think in order to prevent suicide, from Durkheim’s teachings, you need to be lukewarm, not too hot, and not too cold. You should be involved with the community, but not to the point where it is too much and you feel meaningless. Everything can’t be to the extreme or else you’ll end up too much on either end of the axis and be more prone to suicide.–no-one-is-talking.html?nav=5002


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. sociologysongjulie
    Oct 03, 2012 @ 14:13:38

    Fascinating post, Miko! Nice analysis of Durkheim’s work. 5.4/5.4


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