The professor identified herself as a suicidologist, a profession within the psychiatric field that I never even knew existed and seeing that this lecture was held at the UNC I was ready to call B.S. to anything she was saying. But at the incessant request of a friend I decided to stay.
I learned that health insurance in Argentina will cover injuries related to suicide attempts but life insurance won't. So anyone planning on offing themselves in the hopes of leaving their family with a large sum of life insurance money is out of luck.
American Expats in Buenos Aires Day 1 - The Arrival
American Expats in Buenos Aires Day 2 - The Search for KFC and Wendy's
American Expats in Buenos Aires Day 3 and 4 – Multicultural Mix and Racism
Return to Buenos Aires – The search For Magic Donuts And The Ministry Of Education
The province of Jujuy also has a high suicide rate among teens and young adults versus Cordoba, which according to the psychologist (clearing throat) excuse me ... suicidologist, is caused by the level of extreme poverty.
On the other hand, would you really trust calling a hotline that will likely have you locked up in a psych ward for admitting that you are suicidal? Probably not.
It was once the tallest building in the province of Cordoba, but eventually another building took the title. But at the time it seemed like the obvious choice for people contemplating suicide to go to. The roof was accessible to anyone and they would jump.
My observation of the questions being asked as well as the comments made by the attendees suggests that the majority of the people there believed that suicide is a weakness and that they weren't victims. Over the last three years I've noticed that people have a similar opinion about victims of bullying and abuse.
Argentina's Stance on Bullying
It seems that placing the blame on the victim and not the aggressor is preferable and convenient for certain people. Whether this mentality will change down the line remains to be seen.