You, my non-readers, should not be concerned about my welfare. I haven’t used this site much, and this post is meant to be a quasi-commitment device. Suicide seems to have come up a lot recently, mostly from Aaron Hernandez and the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why and associated media coverage. On a distant but still more personal level, one of my old university professors from many years ago killed himself a few weeks ago.
Suicide is a taboo and misunderstood subject. I plan to take a few posts to pull away our sentimentality and look at data and then take a hard look at what that data might possibly mean.
In the process, I might give you some pretty pictures of unsettling numbers.