A silent Epidemic

There is a silent epidemic happening in New Zealand. Suicide.

They have the highest rates in the developed part of the world, being 15.6 per 100,000 people, including being 5 times the rate of the UK and double the of its neighbor Australia.

The families of the victims arranged a photograph to depict the annual toll. The aim was to bring more awareness to the issue, so as to pressure the government to put more funding into the problem including setting up an inquiry into why it is happening. They are also asking for more investment into mental health issues and establishing a suicide reduction target.

Suicide. 606 pairs of empty shoes.

Bringing the subject home a little I wanted to look into how the NZ rate compared with us here in California.

This article from the Sacramento Bee shows a similar story of a 25% increase from 2000 to 2015 with the rate growing from 10.6 to 13.2 per 100,000 people.

Here there is a marked increase in older people and baby boomers are committing suicide at a higher rate then previous generations.

California has its own slant on the issue having introduced the end of life law 1 year ago allowing people with terminal illness to choose a time to die. So doctors here are now allowed to prescribe medications that induce death and that 173 doctors did just that, writing 191 prescriptions. Of those 111 patients used them to commit suicide. this came from the first report on the law which came out in July 2017.

Many organizations continue to fight the law based on religious, moral and technical reasons, including stating that many people are given wrong terminal illness diagnoses.

After taking in these sobering statistics, Apex Office Centers are still here in the Sacramento area offering an oasis of calm to small businesses the need office and phone answering services.

~ The Apex Office Centers Team ~