Thursday, May 26, 2011

Giving therapists a reason to exist

Speaking of Vox Day, he made a fascinating observation yesterday. Apparently, the suicide rate of high-school age children drastically drops during the summer months, when they are temporarily freed from the bullying of their peers and the repression of their superiors. Specifically, Vox notes that "summer vacation reduces the teen suicide rate from 6.22 per 100,000 to 4.71" and therefore "banning public school would save 1,092 lives per year." The article he links states:
In a careful and persuasive paper released last fall called "Back to School Blues: Seasonality of Youth Suicide and the Academic Calendar," Benjamin Hansen and Matthew Lang point out that suicides for 14- to 18-year-olds drop abruptly during June, July and August.

"The decrease in suicides for 14- to 18-year-olds during the summer months is stark, while the 19- to 25-year-olds see a slight rise in suicide rates during the summer," the authors point out.

"The fact that 15- to 18-year-old suicide rates decrease in the summer, but the 19-year-old suicide does not, suggests that the high-school calendar is playing a prominent role in youth suicide," they conclude.
Well, at least these schools offer complimentary busing. Any child placed at significantly greater risk of killing himself at least deserves a free ride within a massive yellow cage on wheels whenever he's forced to attend the institution he loathes so much he'll commit suicide because of it, eh?