Let’s picture the scene: a bright sunny day in Spain, the captivating, irresistible villa, a stunning, remarkable lady with an outstanding figure walking in slow motion with a confident smile on her face- living the dream- or so we thought!!. Could you imagine this woman brutally ending her own life a year later? No? Me either. This lady was no other than Caroline Flack- Caroline came across as bubbly, clever and beautiful but yet demons cruelly made her end her life, she put on a front, made everyone believe that she was as happy as she could be with no worries… until tragedy struck on the 15th of Feb 2020. Unfortunately, Caroline is one of many who feel suicide is the only option. Which makes us question why is suicide a major problem in society?
Suicide is on the up, alongside Instagram and online shopping. Suicide is more and more becoming a viable option for desperate people looking for an escape from life. Suicide rates within the UK have inflated over the years. This trend has been regularly monitored by the Office for National Statistics. In 2018 in the UK there were 6,507 suicides reported. This figure is huge! The current role of pupils in my high school is 1100. This means there are six times the amount of people who could attend my school who are choosing – or feeling as though they have no other choice – to end their own life. This is a very scary thought. Why? Why are we not stopping this frightening trend? Why do people feel so low in our society at a time when we should be living our best lives? Although 6,507 suicides were registered in the UK many more suicides could have been carried out but not officially reported. Suicide is an ongoing problem in society and these figures suggest it is becoming a regular occurrence. The impact of these suicides on the friends and families left behind are devastating. Unfortunately there is still a stigma attached to suicide and until that disappears we- as a society- are not going to solve this problem.
Suicide affects all society bit in particular males. Male suicidal rates are particularly worse than the rest, most men believe that saying how they feel and showing what emotions they feel is wrong. ”Television and Advertising are a large part of the issue, due to the picture they paint of what a ‘real man’ looks like. Men are bombarded by images and perceptions of masculinity, muscles and bravado, and slowly over time, they are made to believe that being a man entails specific criteria. If they do not tick certain boxes, they are not ‘man enough’”. Men need to stop putting a guard up and keeping everything to themselves. This is not working, Statistics from office for national statistics it shows that these methods adapted by males don’t work in the UK. “Males continue to account for three-quarters of suicide deaths in 2018 (4,903 male deaths compared with 1,604 female deaths). The latest increase in the overall UK rate appears to be largely driven by males: in 2018, the rate was 17.2 deaths per 100,000 males, up significantly from the lowest observed rate in the previous year (15.5 deaths per 100,000)”. Since our time started in 1981, suicide rates for both men and women have for the most part been on a descending pattern. The most recent suicide rate for Males that witnessed in 2013, when it recently topped, however, it despite everything remains fundamentally lower than in 1988 when it was at its most elevated (21.4 passing’s per 100,000 guys).
Even though mental illness is commonly connected to unexpected losses, certain dysfunctional behaviours convey with them amazingly high lifetime occurrences of suicide. In a general sense, dysfunctional behaviour very regularly is a segregating experience, with such detachment corresponding with suicide.
Mental illness in this century has no age boundaries this is shown by a BBC documentary ‘Instagram Helped Kill My daughter’ explores the death of Molly Russell- a 14-year-old girl who took her own life due to the insane amount of bullying she received. Molly’s family found distressing material throughout her Instagram profile which insisted on teenage girls telling Molly to kill herself. Teenage girls are more prone to cyberbullying due do other girls judging other girls physical appearance. BBC further elaborated that” The UK government is urging social media companies to take more responsibility for harmful online content which illustrates and promotes methods of suicide and self-harm. Molly had been searching suicide thing on her Instagram, Instagram was continuing to send her more suicide related things.
Time after time features declares the demise of a darling entertainer, government official, or verifiable figure. Celebrities are in the limelight so therefore are more prone to hate and discrimination which therefore leads to them ending their own life. An award-winning ITV reality TV show ‘love island’ has had fellow islanders ending their life due to being unable to handle the pressure. Sophie Gordan, Mike Thalassitis and the former presenter Caroline Flack have all passed away due to taking their own life.
To conclude, suicide is an ongoing problem within our society as so many people care about their appearance even too much to take care of themselves and focus on their wellbeing and feelings. This society nowadays is to focus on how the public see them they are so caught up in the negative comments they receive that they blank out the good things about them, therefore forming another case of suicide.