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    LilithGardener

    makes it a bit difficult to comment on, but I find after many years of reflection that I've come to a gray place in regards to guns and suicide.

    The problem is that each suicide is so unique, each person's story is so unique, that it's hard to make global assumptions about such a complicated topic.

    I do think that there are people who are determined to kill themselves, people who think about it for a long time, and then perhaps they have a bad day, or week, or month, and they just decide now's the time.

    If there is a gun in the home, it makes it much easier.  You have to wonder if those people might put off that decision for another day, if there weren't a gun there.

    That person might find they wake up feeling a little better the next day.  They may not.

    In my personal opinion, preventing someone from suicide one day doesn't mean they won't make the choice again later, but that time with a loved one when they decide to stick around for one more day, or month, or year, is time cherished by loved ones.

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    by coquiero on Tue Nov 19, 2013 at 12:40:59 PM PST

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      Thank you for your comment.

      Decades of research tells us that the risk of dying from a suicide attempt is reduced if you can get the patient to simply put off the attempt for even a little while.  OR if the patient uses a less lethal method for their suicide attempt.  If these simple and straight-forward things can be accomplished, fewer people die from suicide.

      Indeed, the larger portion of the theoretical basis for current treatment for suicide is to get the patient to put off the next attempt for even a little while or use a less lethal method - the use of anti-depressants and other meds are kinda a secondary part of the treatment.

      You are correct that the individual stories are unique.  But the very consistent treatment methods have been proven effective even though the people involved are unique.

      "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

      by Hugh Jim Bissell on Tue Nov 19, 2013 at 07:05:16 PM PST

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