Suicide numbers are very difficult to track but do tend to be consistently under-reported. Per this RTE investigation, suicide rates have remained surprisingly steady in Ireland for many years.
rte.ie/news/investigations-u … e-figures/
I live abroad in Latin America where huge class economic divides exist with the vast majority of people living in poverty by any reasonable standard of measurement, yet suicide rates appear to be much, much lower than in Ireland.
Just last week, I discussed this with a friend who at 45 has known of only 1 person to have died by suicide whereas I knew at least 7 from Ireland, all quite well known to me. As we discussed the topic, I found myself referring to parochialism, conformity, and high levels of sensitivity as traits in Ireland that exist on a much different scale here. In particular, I perceive very high levels of self-blame among Irish, a type of never forgiving oneself for any mistake and carrying the problems of the world on one’s shoulders.
The local macho culture here is quite the opposite with forgiveness for all sorts of personal wrongs being common as is living with being wronged by others. I have friends here who live with depression but who seem much less likely to seek to self-harm within that illness but rather wear it more openly and are quite Ok to talk about it with close friends. Usually the depression has to do with being wronged rather than perhaps chemical imbalance or other causes but society does not seem to judge. At the higher and middle classes, therapists are very common for everything from a child being a little mean to others or not paying attention at school to adults with relationship problems or personal issues. In summary, neither society or individuals seem to be very sensitive to challenge or negativity.
I have used that old joke that we do not have therapists in Ireland because it’s easier to just tell someone in the locality and everyone knows but in thinking about it that is actually quite the opposite and local negative zen seems to add significantly to personal depression in Ireland. Society and individuals seem to be very sensitive to challenge or negativity, fatally so for many individuals.
The solution I feel rests with changing society as much as with individual therapy. One wonders if genetic psychology has a part to play, has a lack of mixing of the Irish race got something to do with it, perhaps lasting scars from the brutal purges of Irish society in the 1600s and 1700s including massive slavery, the devastating famine of the mid 1800s, the doctrine of the Catholic church pre Vatican 2, and some smaller traumas of more recent times?