Ancient Greek and Chinese history is full of tales of people who committed suicide for various reasons, because they got trapped by an enemy and were certain to die a painful death, because they lost their honor, and so on.
Now, I think most suicides in modern industrialized countries are rather due to stress, feeling trapped into some kind of shitty situation, often financial, which could be preventable.
It's sad that reasons for suicide nowadays are like:>I can't pay the mortgage anymore, I lost my job, I hate my family but there is no reset button>I can't get out of mom's basement, I have no money to get a place on my own, I have no friends>I'm so fucking bored of everything, day-to-day life is completely unexciting, might as well escape the rat race forever
instead of>Holy shit, there is an army outside of my palace who is ready to cut my balls and torture me, yelp
Of course, love and relationships have also been reason for suicide, from naive romantic stuff like "she left me, my life is over" to fucked up stuff like domestic abuse. Some reasons are more or less transhistorical, but some like domestic abuse could be fixed with easy access to shelter.
Durkheim studied suicide as a sociological phenomenon in the late 19th century in a book that was pretty influential on the development of social sciences, his classification of suicide in four categories is interesting.
When it comes to my personal experience, I struggle with intense bouts of suicidal ideation every year, often during winter, but it's getting better now that the sun is coming back and days are getting longer.
When it happens, I try to think how it would destroy my family, how my mom would be in a permanent state of depression if me or my sister would do it, and I try to remember the times when I saw friends crying because they knew someone who did it.
I cope by abusing alcohol and drugs. I don't recommend this solution, which increases suicidal ideation in the long-run, but it's better to be alive in an altered state of mind than being dead, at least I can eventually fix the former situation.
I like the reddit tale about a guy who was on the verge of committing suicide, but went to blow all his money in Mexico on cocaine and hookers one last time, and finally realized his problems weren't that inescapable, and turned his life around.
It seems like suicide often come from a feeling of being trapped, and I think it's good to envision the fact that as long as there isn't an army waiting for you outside of your bunker, you are technical free to do anything before dying and disregard all social conventions.
You could be a lame-ass /pol/tard shooting a school before committing suicide, but you could also spend all your remaining money one last time by traveling as far as you can, steal food in supermarkets, beg for money, sleep in a tent, share crack with homeless people, get lost in the woods… If you are really willing to disregard your inner survival instinct by committing suicide, why not doing it in a bad-ass edgy way over a slightly longer period of time, rather than taking the quick end? You might reconsider your life at some point during the process. >>383263
This kind of religious logic has always been puzzling to me tbh.