A Work in Progress SUICIDE Recent news (Joel Morales and the pre-teen suicide issue in New York, 5-31-12):  http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/12-year-old-east-harlem-boy-driven-suicide-sick-bullies-taunted-dead-father-article-1.1087190 The spatial distribution of suicides is not equal across all age groups.  Some parts of the country are more likely to have the very young (<12 yo) or very old (75+ yo) people documented as having been…

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Attempted suicide is one of those regional behavioral health patterns that is underevaluated on a regular basis.  


Suicide behavior has a cultural link to it that can vary from region to region, county to county, town to town, neighborhood to neighborhood.


When a story about a suicide is released to the press, there are often other behavioral patterns that we expect to occur over the next few days, weeks and occasionally months.   "Copycats" are both a local and national phenomenon, with social and cultural behaviors often defining the types of duplicate cases can prevail.


For example, it is unusual to see extensive duplication of a teen age event, unless there is a shared cause.  The places where these events happen, is where teen age suicide is greatest in the country, which the rotating 3D maps on this page demonstrate.  We do see more deliberate copycat cases with individuals who are sending a message, and have a reason, meaning they are young to mid-age often, and with some complaint or attitude in need of expression.  


Isolated and coupled suicides cases impact older people.  Culture differences are often the reason group or family-related suicides happen in this culture.  The greater the cultural detachment from the local communities, the more likely some groups will express this attitude about their value of self and living more aggressively and deliberately.


Not yet published are the results I obtained years ago about age, gender, family size status and type of suicide the prime candidate tried to perform.  There is a gender related reason to how suicide attempts are made.  i.e.


Women are most likely to use gas-powered ovens, men are most likely to use hand guns.  


Ceremonial weapons are also used by a unique class of people.


Alcohol based versus drug (OTC or illegal) are also linked sometimes to very difference sets of people.  


Suicide in the outdoors, such as performed on top of a mountain and along a hiking trail, is more a practice noted for younger women than men.  


Lovers’ Leaps (there are two main ones in this country) demonstrate a large peak next to, but not exactly at Niagara’ Falls; its used mostly by just one particular age range and gender.  


Suicide by car, by garage, when canoeing or boating, by bike.

Teenage and young adult kids demonstrate peaks in certain urban settings, where runaways are common and well managed (or mismanaged, via teenage prostitution).

All of these processes can be evaluated using the detailed coding put in place for suicides when ICD9 was established.


(When I get a chance and have the time, Ill go back to this data and summarize these ‘method of attempt’ findings.)


What is unique, is companies often have a large enough dataset to evaluate suicides at such a level of detail: age, gender, form of attempt, and in some cases successfulness.  The current EMR/EHR makes this type of evaluation possible for your local community.


The video maps at this site provide some insights into what forms of suicide your local population may be trying to engage in.  Begin by looking for age range related peaks.  



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