A report, newly published, detailing the suicide rates of young people in the U.S. show an increase of nearly third in the month following the realise of “13 Reasons Why” in 2017.
The controversial and highly popular TV series premiered on Netflix in 20017 and follows the story of a teenage girl who commits suicide. In the show she has left 13 video tapes detailing the reasons why she will take her own life. In the final episode viewers graphically see the teen kill herself.
The show caused outrage amongst health care professionals and parents. People are now asking if the sharpe increase in suicide rates amongst this demographic are linked to the hit TV show?
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A historian has shot himself in the head at the altar inside Notre Dame Cathedral, in central Paris. 78 year old Dominique Venner is known for his right wing publications and essays. Venner placed a letter on the altar before taking his own life. At the time he shot himself the cathedral was full of around 1500 visitors.
The historian had earlier written on his website about the French government’s decision to legalise same-sex marriage and called for “spectacular action”. He called the laws “vile” and added, “There will certainly need to be new, spectacular, symbolic gestures to shake off the sleepiness… and re-awaken the memories of our origins.
“We are reaching a time when words must be backed up with acts.”
The French government formally legalised gay marriage at the weekend, amidst protests from the Catholic church and social conservatives.
The impact of such a dramatic suicide will not be lost on the French people. Notre Dame Cathedral is a powerful symbol in France, and Interior Minister Manuel Valls said “We are fully aware of the repercussions of such an act.”
This is the second dramatic suicide in Paris within a week. A 50 year old man also committed suicide in Paris, near the Eiffel Tower. This suicide occurred inside a primary school in front of a class of traumatised children.
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Matthew Warren, the son of Pastor Rick and Kay Warren, has committed suicide, aged 27. Rick Warren is most notably known as the author of the Purpose Driven Life series and proclaimed Pastor at Saddleback Church, the eighth largest in the U.S. He also tried to bring Christians and Muslims together by stating he believed Allah and God were the same. His son was a part of the church from the time of his birth. According to a letter e-mailed by Pastor Rick, Matthew suffered from mental illness from the time he was a baby and never found his way out of the “relentless pain”.
Part of Warren’s e-mail stated:
You who watched Matthew grow up knew he was an incredibly kind, gentle, and compassionate man. He had a brilliant intellect and a gift for sensing who was most in pain or most uncomfortable in a room. He’d then make a bee-line to that person to engage and encourage them.
But only those closest knew that he struggled from birth with mental illness, dark holes of depression, and even suicidal thoughts. In spite of America’s best doctors, meds, counselors, and prayers for healing, the torture of mental illness never subsided. Today, after a fun evening together with Kay and me, in a momentary wave of despair at his home, he took his life.
Kay and I often marveled at his courage to keep moving in spite of relentless pain. I’ll never forget how, many years ago, after another approach had failed to give relief, Matthew said ” Dad, I know I’m going to heaven. Why can’t I just die and end this pain?” but he kept going for another decade.
Thank you for your love and prayers. We love you back.
The Saddleback Church’s Facebook page has an outpouring for the pastor and his family during this tragic time.
Capt. Peter J.N. Linnerooth was an amazing Army psychologist who served in Baghdad, Iraq. He was nicknamed “The Wizard” by his colleagues because of his “magic” ability to help people through the most horrific situations by creating a rapport with empathy and a big heart. He had been concerned with the mental health and suicide rate of soldiers even before working with them.
Many soldier leaned on him as he served thousands in the camps and was called on to do a myriad of jobs that he was not trained to do, but did anyway just to help out. He blasted heavy medal music to drown out the outside world while in his office. Yet, when he was able to sleep, he took all of his personal images and those of the soldiers he talked with and dreamt of them vividly.
There were only three mental health personnel for the camp, and he was the only one with a Doctorate of Psychology. While on tour, he ended up on anti-depressants, as did one of his colleagues. He had finally come to the point where he just didn’t know how to handle all of the stories and things he had seen any longer. He went to one of the doctors. The doctor asked if he was going to hurt himself. He responded he didn’t know. He would be leaving as a suicide risk. His own demons and those of others had become too much for him to bear.
In 2007, just a few months short of his 15 month tour, he was sent to Germany and then home. In 2008, after 6 years in the army, he tried to get back into the life he had left behind as a professor, but the trivialness of the concerns of the students and his inability deal with what he had been through made that tough. He nearly overdosed on pills in 2009 in an attempt to just make the pain stop. He realized his mistake and regretted the pain he brought to his wife and kids. He went to marriage counseling to try and save what was left of the life he knew, but he still wasn’t able to talk. His marriage crumbled and ended in divorce.
His behavior at work had brought a friend to suggest a leave of absence so he could get himself together. He headed out to California to get help from his friend Brock McNabb whom was one of the others on the mental health team in Baghdad.
Linnerooth joined McNabb at the Santa Cruz County Vet Center. There he seemed to turn his life around. He lost some weight, shaved his long beard, and spent his evenings talking with McNabb. He kept in contact with his children on the phone nightly and by Skype, sometimes just watching them watch TV. He was helping vets while he himself was also dealing with his PTSD.
In 2010, he started to speak out more on the pressures and stress on military psychologists. He talked to the New York Times and Time Magazine about how there just weren’t enough mantel health experts to deal with all the needs of the soldiers. In the magazine, he also accused the Army of being criminally negligent. He then joined another former Army psychologist, Bret Moore whom he had befriended in Iraq, to write an academic paper about professional burnout. He was finally getting all of the things he had held in so long out of him in a more productive manner.
In July 2011, Linnerooth seemed happy enough and became married for the second time in Lake Tahoe to a woman he had met a decade before. This marriage became strained as well though. He also began missing deadlines for the academic paper. Moore had to go over all of Linnerooth’s work because there was so much anger toward the military as well as his personal life reflected. An American Psychological Association journal published the paper in 2011.
He moved to Reno to be with his new wife and to work for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Unfortunately, as he approached a two-year deadline for a state license required by the VA, he did not go take the test, even at teh urging of McNabb. He felt betrayed once again when the VA was forced to let him go, even though they had stated they would rehire him when he completed the requirements necessary for the position.
Last summer Linnerooth moved back to Minnesota so he could see his children daily. He did travel back to California for the birth of his son with his second wife.
During the holidays things were busy. Texts to his mother thanking her for the kids gifts. Pictures of his infant son sent to his sister. January 1, 2013 was spent with his older son and plans were being made to visit his infant son again.
On January 2nd, a lethal combination of too much alcohol, a fight with his wife, and a gun ended his life at the age of 42. He left a note giving instructions of what he wanted done from there, but nothing about why he had done the unthinkable, committed suicide. It seemed all the demons he had taken on had finally become too much for him to bear.
Mc Nabb stated Linnerooth did not want to die, he just wanted the pain to end. The man whom had taken on the burdens of so many, never learned how to let his own burdens go. He wanted to help others and not be a burden himself. From the time he was a child, his adoptive mother noticed how he would not open up and instead locked himself in his room to deal with things from a very young age.
Linnerooth’s Army buddies came in from all across the country and celebrated him. They placed a Motorhead T-shirt over his urn as they toasted him with rum and scotch. The next day, his family and friends gathered at Fort Snelling National Cemetery to say their final good-byes.
On a cloudless, 4-degree morning in Minnesota, amid taps and a 21-gun salute, Captain Peter J.N. Linnerooth was laid to rest. McNabb presented Linnerooth’s Bronze Star to his older son and reminded him how proud his dad was of him.
McNabb was given the responsibility of the writing on the headstone. He grappled with how to sum up a man’s life whom had helped so many in 30 characters or less. When the headstone arrived in February, it had the traditional name and military service engraved on it. The epitaph summed up his great deeds to those with the fortune to come his way in few words:
HE SAVED MANY
NOW HE’S HOME.
California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a ban on gay-to-straight therapy which focuses on minors.
This therapy is also called “conversion therapy” which seeks to change a person’s feelings away from an LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) orientation.
The American Psychiatric Association says that these types of therapies do more harm than good and cite their research showing those who have been subjected to it have an increased risk of suicide, anxiety, depression and other self-destructive type behaviors.
In signing the law Governor Brown stated “This bill bans nonscientific ‘therapies’ that have driven young people to depression and suicide,”.
Manhattan, New York, has seen a number of unrelated incidents this month. Firstly there was the suicide of a man on August 8th. The man from Florida jumped to his death from the roof of the exclusive Peninsula Hotel on 5th Avenue.
The following day on the 9th August, police shot a man in Times Square. The man had been wielding a knife, threatening the public and police officers. Police tried using pepper spray to stop him, but were unsuccessful. Police said he wiped the pepper spray off his face despite being sprayed six times, and they described his behaviour as “wild”. Police then opened fire on 51-year-old Darrius Kennedy killing him.
And finally there has been the shooting at the Empire State Building, where a man shot an ex-colleague over a work place dispute, before being shot by police himself. However, before police were able to shoot the gunman, Jeffery Johnson, he was able to wound at least nine other people.
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The British born director Tony Scott jumped to his death off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in south Los Angeles on Sunday 18th August. The director was famous for movies like “Top Gun”, and “Days of Thunder”.
Scott’s tragic suicide appears to have been triggered by the news he had a terminal brain tumour.
Eyewitnesses saw Scott park his car, and jump to his death. He leaves behind a wife and two children.
Man plunges 22 stories to his death from Manhattan hotel, lands ON TOP of SUV with driver inside, who escapes from wreck unscathed.
The man, identified only as a 40-year-old from Florida, jumped from the sun deck of the 22nd-floor fitness center. The driver, Engel Nicasio, was having a cup of coffee as he waited for his passenger when he hard a “loud boom” that made him duck.
Scene at West 55th Street and Fifth Avenue, where an unidentified man jumped from the Peninsula Hotel landing across the street from the entrance on top of a SUV with Engel Nicasio,shown here its driver inside, who miraculously was uninjured.
A man jumped to his death from the roof of a midtown hotel Thursday morning, crushing a Cadillac Escalade that was parked across the street as the driver sat in the SUV drinking coffee, police said.
The apparent suicide occurred at 8:55 a.m. at the posh Peninsula Hotel on Fifth Ave., near 55th St.
The man, identified only as a 40-year-old from Florida, jumped from the sun deck of the 22nd-floor fitness center, landing on the Cadillac Escalade on 55th St. across from the hotel.
The driver of the luxury SUV said he was inside the SUV having a cup of coffee as he waited for his passenger when he hard a “loud boom” that made him duck.
“When I looked up, I saw my whole passenger side was crushed in from above,”
said the driver, Engel Nicasio, 37.
“I thought it was a construction accident or debris from a building.”He exited the vehicle and saw the real horror: the body.
“I was in shock,” he said.
“I had never seen a body like that, it was horrible. I just stood there staring at it until someone pulled me away.”
All vehicles traveling on French roads must carry a chemical or electronic breathalyzer test beginning Sunday, under new rules aimed at reducing alcohol-driven accidents.
“Alcohol has been the main cause of mortality on roads since 2006,” according to road security authorities.
About a third of fatalities on French roads is due to drink driving, a rate that far surpasses the 17 percent recorded in Britain or 10 percent in Germany.
According to a survey published Sunday, just over half of respondents — 57 percent — said they have yet to equip their vehicles with breathalyzer tests.
Those who fail to do so risk a fine of 11 euros ($14) from November 1, 2012, when the penalty comes into force.
Drivers are split over the measure.
“I find it absurd to be booked for that. But it’s the law, so I’ll be subject to it,” said Hamou Louachiche, 38, who still does not have a test in his car.
He believes that such tests would be more useful in bars or nightclubs.
Others however welcome the measure, saying it would reduce drink driving.
The real question should be WHY ARE THE FRENCH SPENDING MORE TIME GETTING DRUNK and why is Suicide higher in France?
Socialism folks, it leads to no opportunities and depression. Why? because no motivation to try to do better, because you cannot get ahead, you only pay more in taxes, so instead, since there is no hope, just get drunk and have another affair with another one of your friends mates… even the president does this…
Today a man committed suicide in Paris, France, by jumping off the Eiffel Tower. Prophet TV reported on a wave of suicides in France during the Cannes Film Festival. Now Prophet TV have finished their latest mission in France, where that spirit of death was broken, is the enemy trying to re-enter the region?
NFL legend Junior Seau was found dead at his Oceanside, CA home this morning from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest — law enforcement sources tell TMZ.
Oceanside Police Chief Frank McCoy just spoke outside Seau’s San Diego house, claiming Seau’s body was initially discovered by Seau’s girlfriend.
A 911 call was placed around 10AM this morning — authorities responded to the scene, and found Seau’s unconscious body inside a bedroom with a gunshot wound to the chest.
Paramedics attempted to revive Seau, but life-saving efforts were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead on the scene. His body has just been removed from the house and is currently being transported to the Medical Examiner’s office in a white van.
McCoy says investigators recovered a handgun in the bedroom — and the case is currently being investigated as a suicide.
A law enforcement official tells TMZ … no suicide note has been discovered at the scene.
Seau’s mother also spoke briefly — and she was hysterical, crying to God, “Take me. Leave my son alone!”
Seau was 43-years-old. He is survived by 4 children and an ex-wife.
BOOK WARNS OF END
Fri Oct 14 2011 07:00:25 ET
“As the faith that gave birth to the West is dying in the West, peoples of European descent from the steppes of Russia to the coast of California have begun to die out…
The books reads as if its been written to be left behind in the ruins, only to be found by a future civilization.
It streets on Tuesday.
“We have accepted today the existence in perpetuity of a permanent underclass of scores of millions who cannot cope and must be carried by society — fed, clothed, housed, tutored, medicated at taxpayer’s expense…
We have a dependent nation the size of Spain in our independent America…
The End of Christian America
…the drive to de-Christianize America, to purge Christianity from the public square, public schools and public life… suicidal for the nation.
“…consequence of a dying Christianity is a dying people. Not one post-Christian nation has a birth rate sufficient to keep it alive….The death of European Christianity means the disappearance of the European tribe, a prospect visible in the demographic statistics of every Western nation.”
The robust and confident Church of 1958 no longer exists. Catholic colleges and universities remain Catholic in name only. Parochial schools and high schools are closing as rapidly as they opened in the 1950s.
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Over the French holiday weekend a wave of suicides hit France. 12 people committed suicide on French railways, in unrelated incidents across the country, causing chaos across the french rail networks with 30,000 passengers affected.
In one incident a father jumped in front of a train holding his 19 month old baby. In Paris late Sunday night, the city taxi-drivers had to be called upon to help 10,500 stranded travellers.
France has a higher rate of suicide than it’s neighbours. With 33 per 1,000 taking their own life; compared to roughly half that rate in the UK and Spain.
In Japan, where suicide is recorded as one of the highest in the world, studies have shown that the economic hardship, depression and lack of job prospects are key among victims.
Is it about culture, economics or something else?
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