Taking the decision of ending your own life is one of the toughest. My heart breaks a little as I think of those unfortunate people who were so heart broken and depressed that they ended their lives. The world we live in is an amazing place. Call it a coincidence or a supernatural phenomena which lead to some of the most beautiful places turning into a spot which takes the lives of thousands. Lets take a peek on some of the most popular suicide destinations.
Famous by the name 'The Suicide Forest', Aokigahara in Japan is the most popular forest for suicides in the world. It is estimated that more than 100 suicides take place there every year. This location holds so many bodies that the Yakuza (Japanese Mafia) pays homeless people to sneak into the forest and rob the corpses.
It is estimated that during the past four decades, more than 2,000 people have committed suicide by jumping from this bridge located in Nanjing, a rapidly modernizing city of China.
There is a story associated with this place. In 1933, a 21-year-old student named Kiyoko Matsumoto committed suicide by throwing herself into the volcanic crater of Mount Mihara on the Japanese island of Izu Oshima. The young woman had developed an infatuation with a fellow female student, but since lesbian relationships were considered taboo at the time, she and her partner decided to travel to the volcano so that Matsumoto could end her life there. Shockingly, nearly 1,000 more people jumped into the crater, and the number of suicides kept increasing! This suicide epidemic eventually ended through enhanced security and making it a criminal offense to travel there with a one-way ticket.
More than 1,400 people have jumped to their deaths off the 220-foot-tall magnificent Bridge. Plans are being made to construct steel cables as a safety measure.
This suicide issue is so big in this area that the Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team in Eastbourne, UK, patrols the area 24 hours a day, seven days a week, trying to save all those unfortunate ones who have decided to end their lives.
Deaths from suicide on the UK's rail network have accounted for around nine percent of all suicides that took place on European Union rails, with the London Underground being the deadliest of all.
More than 400 people have died by jumping from the deck of the huge concrete span on Prague's strangely inglorious suicide bridge. Unlike other scenic suicide bridges, such as the Golden Gate, the Nusle Bridge is a skeleton-gray hulk that looms over a depressed neighborhood of dirty sidewalks and crumbling flats.
This was the spot where 13 suicides had occurred in less than a decade, a disproportionately high number for the country's small population. Almost 10 years ago,the local authorities of Otago, New Zealand, decided to close the road that leads to this beautiful landmark for public construction purposes. Number of lives has been saved by taking this step.
This bridge is one of Scotland's most notorious suicide spots, with various estimates suggesting that more than 15 people commit suicide there each year. This has led to the Samaritans charity placing signs at each path leading onto the bridge and also in four public telephone booths that are situated on the twin footpaths running adjacent to the roadway on either side of the river. If you happen to visit these places someday, keep in mind that you are there just to visit. Stop before you take the final step!