New online database at U. aims to change dialogue on suicide

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  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    Oct. 5, 2015 10:05 p.m.

    This is a very well needed effort, the stigma around mental health and suicide needs to be diminished.

    From what I understand, there is a very high percentages of suicides where the victim feels an acutely low period which it seems they won't escape, and so many suicides happen to people who have otherwise been feeling better. It seems like the only option, and so without thinking about the impact it will have on others, they make a rash decision.

    Scientists are finding that getting through the short duration very low period, sometimes as short as less than an hour, the prognosis for the victim to recover is significantly higher.

    The experience in Sri Lanka is instructive, where they had the world's highest suicide rate, via a particular type of unregulated pesticide. When the government starting regulating the pesticide, the suicide level feel in half. People didn't find another method, feeling better meant the crisis passed.

    This confirms that the impulse to end one's life is often temporary, for many, suicide would be a huge mistake, that impacts many others.