Suicide as a Human Tragedy: Causes and Relief Efforts

Soetji Andari, Elly Kuntjorowati, Trilaksmi Udiati, Andayani Listyawati, Sri Yuni Murtiwidayanti, Suryani


This research was conducted to obtain information about the phenomenon of suicide in Gunungkidul. This type of research is descriptive with a case study qualitative approach. Data collection techniques included interviews, observations, and documentation studies. Informants were determined purposively among those who could provide information related to the phenomenon of suicide, namely, related regional apparatus organizations, NGOs, community leaders, religious leaders, and families of the suicide perpetrators. The research results concluded that the perpetrators committed suicide not because they believed in the “scavenger hunt” but because of depression due to losing their job, inability to support their families, divorce, infidelity to breakup. Meanwhile, suicide in the elderly results from chronic illness and loneliness due to the neglect of family members.


Keywords: suicide, human tragedy, myth, relief efforts.

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