The intentional killing of one’s self or suicide occur for a number of reasons like anxiety, depression, desperation, emotional pressure, financial difficulties, guilt, physical pain and other undesirable reasons.
Based on statistics, suicide is the number two cause of death of many people worldwide. People commit suicide of varied reasons but one unusual thing about suicide is that – they do it in the same places in particular areas.
According to World Health Organization (WHO), over one million people commit suicide every year making it one of the leading causes of death among teenagers and adults under 35. More surprisingly, there are an estimated 10 to 20 million non-fatal attempted suicides every year worldwide.
Famous landmarks from around the world have become known for high levels of suicide attempts. The suicide rate of these places is so high that numerous signs, urging potential victims of suicide to seek help, have been posted.
In Japan, suicide is considered a major problem nationally. It has one of the highest rates of suicides in the world. In the past 10 years, about 30,000 Japanese people committed suicide and the leading causes were depression, social pressure and unemployment due to global financial crisis.
Sea of Trees (Aokigahara)
As we’ve seen in the movies and news worldwide, buildings and bridges are the most favorite sites of people who want to commit suicide. It’s different in Japan, Aokigahara also known as the Sea of Trees, a forest that lies at the base of Mount Fuji, is their favorite suicide site.
It is considered by many as the second most popular suicide location in the world after San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. From the 1950s, about 500 people have committed suicide in this forest. In 1998, 72 dead bodies were found in the area and in 2002, 78 bodies were found.
Golden Gate, San Francisco
The Golden Gate Bridge, which is an iconic landmark of San Francisco, California in the US, is the world’s most popular suicide place. Since its construction in 1937, more than 1,500 had been recorded.