Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Occupations with the Lowest Suicide rates

"Welcome aboard! Why so glum? No matter, you'll soon take heart out on the open sea!"

1. Ship Captains, Mates, Deckhands [lowest]

2. General Office Clerks

3. Advertising and Sales Managers

4. Nursing, Psychiatric, and Home Health Aides

5. Dishwasher Occupations

6. Logging Occupations

7. Health Care Support (Assistants, Drivers, Aides)

8. Supervisors, Food Preparation and Service Occupations

9. Cooks, Chefs, and Bakers

10. Boilermakers and Operational Engineers

1 From Moby-Dick: "Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off—then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can. This is my substitute for pistol and ball. With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship."

2 I suppose Bartleby was an outlier

3 Why Don Draper didn't end up killing himself?

4 and 7 Short-term employment, mostly by females, who are at lower risk for suicide

5, 8, 9  There seems to be something protective about working with food, or at least in a kitchen

6 and 10  Really manly men don't die by suicide? Or does the work/drink kill them before they get a chance to kill themselves?


1 comment:

  1. 6. I have seen those logging shows, they might weigh thoughts of suicide, but don't they get crushed or impaled pretty early on?


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