The Silenced Death

Ongoing

In Spain, suicides are the highest cause of unnatural death with nearly 4,000 people a year, Asturias being the community with the highest values. The Spanish average is around 8.7 per 100,000 inhabitants, while in Asturias it exceeds 13, with areas with more than 20. These values are more similar to Scandinavian countries, with a high percentage of suicides.

For several years there have been attempts to establish a National Suicide Prevention Plan without success. While deaths far exceed any other type of unnatural death, there are no communication strategies developed to combat them as in other cases of unnatural death: alcoholism, traffic accidents, drug addiction and others.

This project aims to find the connecting axes that explain this situation, especially in the geographical areas of the Nalón mining basin and the Caudal mining basin. These regions are abandoned by regional and state policies for not having economic assets and, therefore, increasing depopulation as a direct consequence, which deepens the crisis of the territory.

This relationship between the territory and the economic and sociocultural conditions highlights some elements that can be decisive: the end of the mining activity, on which the areas had depended economically, the cultural roots of alcohol consumption, added to the consumption of other substances and psychoactive drugs, or the little intra-family communication. All of this leads to depression and emotional and affective problems, which are a breeding ground for possible suicidal thoughts, which are being repeated among generations, thus throwing a complex present and future.

Year:

2020-

Place:

Asturias

In Spain, suicides are the highest cause of unnatural death with nearly 4,000 people a year, Asturias being the community with the highest values. The Spanish average is around 8.7 per 100,000 inhabitants, while in Asturias it exceeds 13, with areas with more than 20. These values are more similar to Scandinavian countries, with a high percentage of suicides.

For several years there have been attempts to establish a National Suicide Prevention Plan without success. While deaths far exceed any other type of unnatural death, there are no communication strategies developed to combat them as in other cases of unnatural death: alcoholism, traffic accidents, drug addiction and others.

This project aims to find the connecting axes that explain this situation, especially in the geographical areas of the Nalón mining basin and the Caudal mining basin. These regions are abandoned by regional and state policies for not having economic assets and, therefore, increasing depopulation as a direct consequence, which deepens the crisis of the territory.

This relationship between the territory and the economic and sociocultural conditions highlights some elements that can be decisive: the end of the mining activity, on which the areas had depended economically, the cultural roots of alcohol consumption, added to the consumption of other substances and psychoactive drugs, or the little intra-family communication. All of this leads to depression and emotional and affective problems, which are a breeding ground for possible suicidal thoughts, which are being repeated among generations, thus throwing a complex present and future.

Year:

2020-

Place:

Asturias

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