Suicide is lucrative

Thought Provoking

This article in Slate really shook me up and destroyed some superficial assumptions that I made regarding suicide. What what really interesting is that people who survive a serious suicide attempt increase their earnings by around 36%.

Why should suicide be an economic boon? Once you attempt suicide you suddenly have access to lots of resources—medical care, psychiatric attention, familial love and concern—that were previously expensive or unavailable. Doubters may ask why the depressed don’t seek out resources earlier. But studies have demonstrated that psychological and familial resources become “cheaper” after a suicide attempt: It is difficult to find free medical care when you are sad, but once you try to kill yourself, it’s forced on you.