The Issues Of Suicide And Suicide Prevention, Part II

suicide preventionThe problems of suicide are being studied very thoroughly and specialists have spent a lot of efforts and resources to find out the ways, how to prevent suicides, how to make people give up with this decision and support them. There are numerous scientific and popular books written with the purpose of publicizing and distributing of information about psychological and social aspects of suicide, and also with purpose to give a helping hand for those, who are in troubles and under danger of committing suicide.

In their works and studies suicide consultants reveal some misunderstandings, connected with common perception of this problem, they demolish some popular myths about suicide. For example, it is considered that suicidal people never talk about their intentions to self-eliminate, that proved to be wrong: about %75 of suicidal persons inform surrounding about their intentions. People used to think that suicidal persons want to die, but, in fact, they do not want to die and likely to be afraid of death, they just can not find reasons to go on living. Frequently it is considered that all suicidal individuals are mentally sick or depressed, but in real it is not true: suicidal people can be only extra-sensitive and very emotional not to be able to manage with own problems, besides, surprisingly, suicide may happen even form the abundance of happiness and positive emotions.

One of the most misleading myths is that a person, who has experienced a failed suicide attempt, will hardly repeat it again. Practically, on the contrary, a person whose suicidal attempt failed, is under a great risk of continuing such attempts, especially during first three-five months. Such a person needs very serious attention from the side of doctors and psychologists, because failed suicide attempt can be taken as a call for help, a warning, and if there will be no reply on this call, a next try will take place and can be successful.

It is common to suppose that suicide is a very well planned and considered action, and there is no way back for a suicidal person. Actually, it is not always true: in the majority of the cases suicide attempts are very impulsive, that is why so many of them fail. Frequently it takes rather long time for a suicidal person to fight with all the problems and to decide, whether to commit a suicide or not, but the very procedure of self-eliminating is more likely to be improvised. As to turning back, everybody knows that is it morally not right to commit suicide, it is too radical way, and that is why a very minimal, but true hope must always exist.

Mostly people think that it is better not to talk about suicide with a suicidal person, in order not to evoke a new wave of suicidal thoughts. But in practice it is even necessary to ask about intentions to suicide, because a suicidal person may get opened and speak about bad things he or she feels, so somehow a way of salvation or a plan may be found out.

Another myth is that suicide is connected with weather conditions: grim and rainy weather may cause suicidal thoughts; but there is no statistic, proving this fact. Also, many people think that there is no legal prohibition for committing suicide; it’s everybody’s own freedom and choice. But the punishment will be really cruel if a person is caught on assisting.

This is one of the most controversial points, connected with suicide problem, because there are many situations, when terminally ill people ask their doctors or relatives to take them off life support and stop their pain and suffering. Such acts are called assisted suicide, or euthanasia, and there are two famous names in American medical practice, doctors Timothy Quinn and Jack Kevorkian, who started carrying out patient assisted suicide and promoting it on public. To fulfill their mission, they used a machine, invented and designed by Dr. Kevorkian himself: it injects a poisoned solution into the body of a terminally ill person, but the patient must pull the plug with his or her own hand.

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