An Australian man living by a cliff has prevented around 160 suicides in his 50 years of living there, by striking up a conversation with people contemplating suicide and inviting them to his house for tea.
A puzzling suicide note of a man who jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge read “Absolutely no reason except I have a toothache”.
A killer whale at the Miami Seaquarium named Hugo, committed suicide by repeatedly bashing his head into the walls of his tank.
4 Irish women barricaded themselves in their home in 2000 and starved themselves for weeks until death. In a letter found at the scene:”Our stomachs are devouring themselves . . . Please, please listen, none of us fore saw it could be this cruel and slow.”
In response to her husband’s infidelity, a woman from Prague decided to commit suicide by jumping from her third-story balcony. By chance she happened to land on her spouse below, cushioning her fall. She survived, but he died.
More than 3,000 people have leapt to their death from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, but out of the 26 people who survived the jump, all 26 reported that the moment they leapt from the bridge, they regretted their action and wanted to live.
San Francisco Highway Patrol Officer Kevin Briggs has talked approximately 200 people out of suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge sine 1994
South Korea ranks 3rd in global suicide rates, and the biggest cause for youths? Bad scores related to an extremely difficult universal university entrance exam.
In 2007, a man in Allen Park, Michigan built a working guillotine and then used it to behead himself.
Installing blue streetlights resulted in a 9% decrease in crime in Nara, Japan. It also put an end to suicides at Keihin Railway’s Gumyoji Station after the railway installed blue lights on the ends of platforms. Professor Tsuneo Suzuki at Keio University said: “There are a number of pieces of data to prove blue has a calming effect upon people. However, it’s an unusual color for lighting, so people may just feel like avoiding standing out by committing crimes or suicide under such unusual illumination.”
In 1921, a man in Detroit went so far as to actually kill himself, apparently in order to then communicate with a chosen spiritualist medium, thus proving that the afterlife was real. It didn’t work.
Creative professions, particularly creative writing, have a strong correlation with mental illnesses: authors are 50% more likely to commit suicide than the general population.
In 2006 a man burned himself alive in opposition to the war in Iraq. It was never reported on major networks.
The suicidal jumpers off the Golden Gate Bridge that survived the fall reported a complete change of heart while falling “I instantly realized that everything in my life that I’d thought was unfixable was totally fixable—except for having just jumped.”
In 1954, a man committed suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge, his suicide note simply read “Absolutely no reason except I have a toothache.”