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Walking in the Suicide Forest


Every year in Japan, consistently, about 30,000 people take their own lives. Although the government has stepped up its efforts to reduce the suicide rate, it continues to be a perplexing and disturbing phenomenon.

Aokigahara Forest lies at the foot of Mt. Fuji, and since the 1950’s has been the most popular destination for those who have given up all hope. Signs at the entrance plead with visitors to think about their loved ones and gives the number for a suicide prevention center. The police make annual treks into the forest to search for bodies – and in recent years have found over 100 of them each year.

Vice TV shot the haunting documentary above called “Suicide Forest,” which follows a geologist as he enters the forest on suicide patrol.

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2 comments on “Walking in the Suicide Forest

  1. Kamal
    July 31, 2013

    Life has troubles. And 99.999% of the time life is a csuuintonoly revolving bubbling pile of shit. But STAYING alive is easy compared to taking your own life. The actual psychological process of contemplating and attempting suicide is the hardest thing Ive ever run across. And at the risk of sounding like we’re having a BAWW contest- your silly little job, no matter WHAT you do for a living, debt, food- all means shit compared to my childhood of horrors. And I still know living is easier.

  2. George
    August 29, 2013

    Social comments and aatiynlcs for this post This post was mentioned on Reddit by misterQ: If you want to end your life do it at home with a plastic bag, a rubber band and sleeping pills. Seriously, the least you can do is be tidy about it .

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