Suicide is the tragic act whereby an individual takes his own life. (If you are thinking about committing suicide, you are not alone. Get help: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_suicide_crisis_lines )

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Is suicide caused by or correlated with living at high altitude?

According to the article There's a Suicide Epidemic in Utah — And One Neuroscientist Thinks He Knows Why: ... Despite ranking as America's happiest state, Utah has disproportionately high rates of ...
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Does the installation of blue lights at specific locations on railway station platforms reduce the incidence of suicide?

Does the installation of blue lights at specific locations on station platforms reduce the incidence of suicide... at that location? using that particular method ('suicide by train')? overall? The ...
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Does Apple install suicide prevention nets at their Chinese factories?

I had a discussion with a friend about the sometimes poor working conditions in China and especially the electronics market. Now what really surprised me was his statement that Apple and other ...
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Do higher rates of lithium in groundwater lead to a decreased suicide rate?

NyTimes: Although it seems strange that the microscopic amounts of lithium found in groundwater could have any substantial medical impact, the more scientists look for such effects, the more they ...
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Do animals commit suicide?

I've done some Googling and only found case stories without any scientific backup. Most of the case reports about animal suicide online can by easily debunked by logical reasoning. For example there ...
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Are discussions about suicide themselves suicide triggers?

Several online forums I've frequented have had discussions removed when suicide methods are mentioned. The reasoning have been that discussion about suicide themselves are suicide triggers. While it ...
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Are GMO crops to blame for farmer suicides in India?

Anyone who follows the genetically modified organism (GMO) debate has probably heard the claim that GMO crops, and specifically the inability to save seed and other associated production costs, have ...
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Are suicide attempts via wrist cutting likely fatal?

New York Times: Those methods that require forethought or exertion on the actor’s part (taking an overdose of pills, say, or cutting your wrists), and thus most strongly suggest premeditation, ...
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Was Kurt Cobain listening to R.E.M.'s Everybody Hurts when he killed himself?

Kumail Nanjiani on why he hates R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts” The above article on the A.V. Club website makes the following claim: This might not be true, but the legend is that this is the song ...
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In Pre-WWII peacetime Germany, were there about 18,000-20,000 suicides per year?

In a discourse to his staff in 1943, Hitler made this claim: In peacetime Germany, about 18,000 or 20,000 people a year chose to commit suicide, [...] Source Was this true? I'm skeptical of ...
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Stock Market Crash of 1929: Did Wall Street investors jump off buildings?

I think the tales of Wall Street financiers plunging to their deaths in 1929 are probably well known. The Hudsucker Proxy From Random Facts - The Great Depression: After the initial ...
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Was there a peak in suicides associated with the release of Pokémon red and green?

My 13-year-old stepson just told me this story: When Pokémon Red and Green was first released in 1996, there were dozens or hundreds of suicides of children caused by high-frequency sounds in the ...
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How accurate is the estimate that 1/3 of teen suicides are homosexual?

The media and government officials have often claimed that the rate of teen suicide for homosexuals is vastly higher than the suicide rate of heterosexual teens. The figure they often use is that an ...
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Do spies use cyanide or other suicide agents as a last resort?

Spy movies and novels have popularized the idea that CIA agents, or other spies, will carry cyanide pills, or other "quick and painless" suicide devices with them on covert missions, to use as a last ...
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Are suicide rates higher during week-ends and holidays?

In the ever growing series of questions about time or weather dependencies of crime or other kinds of behavior, I have heard several times people pretend that the suicide (and attempted suicide) rate ...