What Causes Suicide?
The number on cause of suicide is untreated depression. More than ninety percent of have a mental illness at the time of their suicide. (Marcovitz) The major illnesses people have while thinking and trying suicide are depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Also, some people that have committed suicide may not seem like they would or may not have experienced symptoms. This is usually because they don't like their physical appearance or their genetic factor. Other things that could cause someone to commit suicide are the death of a loved one, loss of hope, divorce, being victimized (domestic violence or abuse, rape, assault), physical abuse, verbal abuse, sexual abuse, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, a feeling of not being accepted, bullying, low self-esteem, and racism. (Marcovitz, Chapter 6) Remember, these things may cause someone to be depressed, therefore they think of suicide. Untreated depression is the main cause of suicide.