Occupations With Highest Suicide Rates

Suicide is intentionally takings of one's own life which is mainly caused by depression.

Tina S
Tina S
Jan 16, 2010
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A suicide method is any means by which one or more persons purposely kills themselves. Examples of methods that have been used to commit suicide are listed below. Though individuals with suicidal feelings may consider these methods, most eventually do not act on them.

Suicide isn't a pleasant topic, but it is a reality in society. People may commit suicide for many reasons, but research has shown that some people may have a higher pre-disposition for committing suicide. 

Many factors are included in determining who has a higher risk for suicide than others, including chronic depression, family history, stress and more. One little looked at fact though is that research has clearly shown some jobs or career fields have a statistically higher incidence of suicide than others.

Here’s a look at a few occupations with much higher than average suicide rates.

1) Doctors and Physicians:
A more unexpected finding concerning physician suicides is that there's no difference in the rates between male and female doctors. This is surprising because in the general population, men commit suicide at much higher rates than women. 
For example, in the United States, men commit suicide at nearly 4 times the rate of women, but women constitute about half of all physician suicides. But in Bangladesh women commit suicide more than men. 

Several explanations have been proposed for the high rate among female doctors. 
First, while being a physician can be stressful for anyone, it may conflict with the life goals of women more than men. Given that women, on average, tend to place more value on spending time with family, friends, and engaging in other social activities, the amount of hours physicians work takes away from all these things. 

For example, the long hours make it more difficult to maintain stable relationships, to have children, and to be a parent. Women may be more negatively affected by the social isolation than men.

Another stressor for women is that, like in many male-dominated fields, female physicians are probably exposed to greater levels of harassment than male physicians. This may not be a problem for doctors who have their own practice, but could be for those who work at large hospitals.

Minor mistakes can cause lifelong trauma for patients. Over the course of years, this wears down on medical professionals. Long hours can also be a factor. Staying “on call” for extreme periods of time can cause stress to multiply. Many modern hospitals keep strict schedules to ensure that their doctors are getting an appropriate amount of rest.

2) Male guards (including supervisors, crossing guards, police, protective service occupations, but not correctional institution occupations):
Guards have very low pay level. They usually do night shifts.
These shifts can be extremely lonely, and take a hard toll on the personal life of the workers. Night shifts can disrupt sleep patterns to the point where biological depression becomes a serious issue. Poverty and family problems make their life miserable. Long time hard working makes their physical disorders. And one time they commit suicide for depressions.

3) Female artists, Sculptures and Painters: 
Rejection and poverty are the main reason for depression among artists. Artists and sculptures are regularly making extremely emotional works which can make them sad. And most of the artists are very lonely because of their job purpose they need loneliness. 

4) Pilots:
The schedule of pilots is extremely demanding. Many pilots must stay away from their families for weeks or even months at a time. It can be hard to make personal connections without being anchored to the same place. Personal relationships become hard to upkeep. Pilots must also deal with inordinately high levels of stress, and pay is often fairly low. These factors combine to make the profession very personally dangerous. However, pilots are screened extremely carefully before being hired. This screening process stops many at-risk individuals from taking the job.

In the end, say some researchers, occupation may not be much of a factor in suicide. People have long documented that among the top predictors for suicide are diagnosable mental disorder, co-morbid substance use, loss of social support and availability and access to a firearm.


Author's note: Ref: Based on Research Works.
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