Suicides in the Netherlands are not on the rise; deadly falls by elderly in nursing homes are.

Yesterday was not only the 5th anniversary of my sister's death, it was also the day that the Dutch national statistics office (CBS) made public the number of suicides this year. In 2013 1,854 people committed suicide or 11.0 per 100,000 people. In 1970 the suicide rate was 8.0 per 100,000 people or 1,049 suicides. A …

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When generalizations miss their mark. Questioning suicide does not equal unable to accept suicide.

Every now and then you read an opinion piece that make your blood pressure rise. Some are aggravating because of their perceived social injustice or political corruptness. Some are just plain ridiculous. The ones that hurt are the opinions that hit close to home. When someone make derogatory comments about families who doubt the conclusion of …

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