UNFORTUNATE TRUTH IS THAT STATISTICS DON’T HELP
first problem we encounter when trying to understand the nature of female suicide is the almost total lack of reliable
information on the subject. This isn't to say that there isn't information being produced on the issue. Indeed, There is
a wealth of widely publicised statistics in circulation.
The whole field of suicide statistics claims to be fact based, yet the simple truth is that it is impossible
to know how many suicides actually occur in the space of a year.
Without this most fundamental information of 'how many' suicides is it possible to break
things down into percentages? It simply cannot be done. So when we encounter statistics informing
us that only one-in-six suicides leave suicide notes (for example) - on what are these statistics based? Much of this 'fact
based' mis-information is simply estimates masquerading
as facts. Alarmingly, much of this speculative 'guesswork' appears to come from the World Health Organization.
One Hundred and Five countries regularly
provide the WHO with cause of death information from which world statistics are compiled. However, there are not one hundred
and five countries on our planet - apparently, if we include TAIWAN there are actually One Hundred and Ninety Four. This means that 45% of the countries on the planet aren't even participating
in the monitoring of global suicide rates. In fact, one 'click on' table listing women’s
suicide rates (country-by-country) only listed 81 countries. Excluding the other 112
The following click
on site attempts to understand why we should not blindly trust suicide statistics.
Given that it is pointless trying to make any sense of such an important
'global' issue - based upon psuedo-statistics I won't bother. Instead, DASI will focus its attention on the English speaking world. Both American
& Commonwealth English. Researching and cross referencing information by comparing Australian, Canadian, Irish, New
Zealand, South African, UK and US websites (and other sources), and searching for common solutions.
Having said that, one of the first things to emerge
is (just as it is with men) suicide is much more common
among single women, than their married sisters. Also at high risk
are those recently separated, divorced or widowed. Paradoxically though, married women have higher rates
of depression than unmarried women.