Beneath the Rising Sun /
With all Their Kids Committing Suicide
Many Israelis have found out whether or not the old adage ‘suicide is painless’ is true in the last decade, according to the Ministry of Health. Muffti doesn’t want to alarm our readers, but please try to be nice to CK, Laya (and in a few years Michael):
Married people aged 25 to 64 are much less likely to kill themselves than singles, divorcees or widow(er)s. Men aged 25 to 44 who are widowers or divorced are eight times more l ikely to commit suicide, and singles are four times more likely than married men to kill themselves.
Muffti is now even happier about the Jewschool/Jewlicious un-breakup! The last thing our boys need is anything that might push them over that edge!
The good news is that the Israeli suicide rate is fairly low. It is the cause of less than 1% of deaths in Israel. Amongst 32 comparable countries, Isreal ranks 6th from the bottom. However, when only the male teens are taken into account, we shoot up to 16th out of 32. Elderly women suicide rates is 15th out of 32. So be nice to the
crochety lovely, wise old ladies when you see them!
Interested in the battle between the sexes? It turns out that women attempt suicide more often than their male counterparts, but men succeed more often. Which makes us men, ummn, better? Luckier? Hard to say really…
Jews are more likely to kill themselves than arabs, though Muffti doesn’t know if suicide bombers count for the purposes of these stats.
The highest suicide rates in the word seem to be in Lithuania, Russia and Belarus.
Final macabre tidbit: suicide rates are highest in Tel-Aviv and Haifa. They are lowest in Jerusalem. Stay there, CK and co.
For more information see: Jpost.com