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should we blame Funeral for a Friend?
or is 17 suicides a year in a county borough with a population of 130,000 really not THAT shocking? surely that can't be much higher than the national average
the fact that a lot of them used social networking sites (I mean OMG young people using social networking sites, who ever would of guessed?!) suddenly leads to horrid, lazy journalists in need of a juicy story to spuriously conclude there must have been some sort of suicide pact because some of them had mutual friends (hardly surprising amongst young people in a small area).
parents probably on poverty wages barely able to afford basic living standards, come winter choosing between heating and food maybe. Kids with low self esteem told at school they'll never amount to much, this message perpetuated throughout school and wider society, kids start to believe it and then you have yourselves a self fulfilling prophecy; they aren't going to achieve much (and what they do achieve is considered worthless) so what's the point in even making an effort anymore. Couple this low self esteem with parents who are unable to recognise it and it can turn to depression. Suicide, on surface value, seems like a good way out of the shittiness of life in the valleys; just nothingness from thereon after, you aren't consciously aware you're dead, it's just nothing forever more. In a way it can seem quite appealing to those in desperate circumstances.
A really effective "suicide prevention policy" would be to genuinely lift these areas out of poverty: bring back some form of skilled services/industry to the area. It's a prime area for renewable energy in the form of wind power, imagine the amount of skilled jobs that could be created through that with state subsidy. Offer training programs for the local population to equip them with the skills necessary for those jobs. Put an end to token "regeneration" schemes which only bring with them low paid, insecure jobs with little or no chance of progression but from the exterior look all flashy. Start a new council house building program, again more job creation and it's a skilled trade, but put safeguards in place to make sure jobs come again from the local community.
In short the way to reduce the suicide rate in these areas is large scale state investment in job creation and protection, in turn the increased prosperity of the residents will be spent in the local area, thus further regenerating it.
The blame ultimately lies at the feet of the Tories in the 1980s shutting down the pits, while failing to provide alternative employment in the local area at decent pay. That decimated the area for years and all the regeneration projects happening now are tokenistic and do not address the key issues in the area. Inequality and loss of community will eventually lead to a higher suicide rate.
And so ends my little lecture.
The shocking truth (1)
The explanation for the Bridgend suicide wave is simple: there is a young female sociopath at work in Bridgend.
When I was a teenager, many years ago, I was involved with a young female sociopath. She was 15 years old and charming. First, she seduced me on secret places, and after that, when I was weak with affection for her, she suddenly dumped me. However, she allowed me to keep in contact with her and she brought me to despair. I almost didn’t survive. She kicked on the power she had over me. She would have liked nothing more than me to commit suicide for her. She preyed on, seduced and dumped many boys. She is proud to be a serial killer.
Now, many years later, she is leading an undertaker firm. Through cunning, she has become a respected member of society. I have invented a name for her: Necrofilla.
Nobody will believe me because the truth is too horrific for most people, and the sociopath is very sly.
i remember that post - genuinely amazing
WHY DOES HE MOVE AROUND BELGIUM SO MUCH
these people are out of their fucking minds and they are among us
i mean, is this just being highly publicised, with the same numbers dying in the past and just not getting the coverage?
I'd imagine that one teenager a month committing suicide is quite a high rate.
16 in a few months is insane.
Still way above average though.
about Welsh people being like sheep?
Even though they're living in one of the most boring countries on the planet, their quality of life is relatively extremely perfectly easy.
there's a pretty sobering article here which suggests it's not as out of the ordinary as it might seem:
"The sad fact is that 16 suicides among young people in Bridgend in 12 months is no worse than usual. There were 13 suicides by young people in 2007, and 21 in total. In 2006 the total was 28. "
Just like everyone else has the right to keep living. If one did it and the rest saw how everyone reacted, it would probably spur you on and what not.
Everyone must have thought at some point "Imagine I jumped off this cliff right now..."