"For some, suicidal intent is a terminal illness"
August 5, 2013 7:54 AM Subscribe
posted by drlith (65 comments total)
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Suicide prevention has become a key focus of public
mental health initiatives in recent years. And as we previously
have seen, in many cases suicide is not an inevitable outcome for people experiencing suicidal ideation or even those who have made a suicidal attempt
Still, the question remains: is every suicide preventable?
Does the adoption of a "zero suicides
" goal have the potential to continue the tendency
to place blame
on family members, care providers, and the victims themselves when prevention efforts fail? To make progress toward this goal, what sorts of systematic supports need to be strengthened or created for sufferers and their families and friends, beyond toll-free hotlines
, and even improved access to quality mental health care (PDF)