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.”
In the late 19th century in Great Britain, attempted suicide was deemed to be equivalent to attempted murder and could be punished by hanging.
Police Officer Kevin Briggs stood on a bridge for over an hour, talking down the suicidal Kevin Berthia. Their reunion occurred 8 years later when Berthia, now married and with two kids, presented his hero with an award.
A mentally ill young man who shot himself in the head in a suicide attempt suffered a brain injury that apparently eliminated his phobia of germs and his obsession with washing his hands.
After getting lost in the desert a man tried to kill himself by slitting his wrists, he was so dehydrated his blood clotted the wounds. 9 days later he was rescued 186 miles (299km) away and had lost 40lbs (18kg) living off his urine, bats and snakes.
The Quebec Daily Telegraph reported on Jan 18, 1890 that “a well-to-do farmer named Campbell Hanna, threw himself into the Maitland River running through his farm and was drowned before assistance arrived. Three of the neighbor’s witnessed the act and rushed to assist him, but the river being very much swollen they were unable to do anything. One of these men had a narrow escape from drowning. A weird coincidence in connection with this is that the previous owner of Hanna’s farm, named McCourt, drowned himself in the same spot and in the same manner some years ago. No cause can be assigned for the act”.
In Japan, if you commit suicide by jumping in front of a Train, Rail Companies charge your family a fee. Japan Rail, in fact, routinely charges families of suicide victims more than US $2 million, a financially devastating sum of money for most; although it is unclear whether any families can actually pay such a high bill. The purpose is to reinforce how the suicide victim should not have created a burden for others and to reinforce the legitimacy of the shared cultural space of the commute.
Some estimate the transgender suicide rate at between 31% to 50%.