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General information about suicide and suicide prevention resources

Suicide is a significant cause of death in many western countries, in some cases exceeding deaths by motor vehicle accidents annually. Many countries spend vast amounts of money on safer roads, but very little on suicide awareness and prevention, or on educating people about how to make good life choices.

Attempts at suicide, and suicidal thoughts or feelings are usually a symptom indicating that a person isn't coping, often as a result of some event or series of events that they personally find overwhelmingly traumatic or distressing. In many cases, the events in question will pass, their impact can be mitigated, or their overwhelming nature will gradually fade if the person is able to make constructive choices about dealing with the crisis when it is at its worst. Since this can be extremely difficult, this article is an attempt to raise awareness about suicide, so that we may be better able to recognize and help other people in crisis, and also to find how to seek help or make better choices ourselves.

Help and resource information:

This posting is accompanied by a companion posting containing information primarily about crisis and suicide prevention resources available on the Internet, and other national resources available in various countries. It should be available in the same newsgroup, but is also available from: ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet/news.answers/suicide/

The information here is updated periodically, and is intended to be informative rather than authoritative. Readers are encouraged to offer feedback, suggestions, criticisms and any comments on ways you may have found it helpful. The latest version is also archived at: ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet/news.answers/suicide/

Here are a number of frequently asked questions to help raise awareness and dispel some of the common myths about suicide:

Copyright 1994, 1995, 1996 by Graham Stoney greyham@research.canon.com.au. This article may be freely redistributed for personal use or via Usenet News provided that this copyright message remains intact. Any other form of commercial distribution requires explicit permission from the author.

Resources section: Copyright 1994-2000 by Graham Stoney greyham@research.canon.com.au. This article may be freely redistributed for personal use or via Usenet News provided that this copyright message remains intact. Any other form of commercial distribution requires explicit permission from the author.

-1. Why do people attempt suicide?
People usually attempt suicide to block unbearable emotional pain,...
-2. Aren't all suicidal people crazy?
No, having suicidal thoughts does not imply that you are crazy, ...
-3. Doesn't talking about suicide encourage it?
It depends what aspect you talk about. Talking about the ...
-4. So what sort of things can contribute to someone feeling suicidal?
People can usually deal with isolated stressful or traumatic ...
-5. How would I know if someone I care about was contemplating suicide?
Often suicidal people will give warning signs, consciously ...
-6. I'm a bit uncomfortable about the topic; can't it just go away?
Suicide has traditionally been a taboo topic in western society, ...
-7. So what can I do about it?
There usually are people to whom a suicidal person can turn for help;...
-8. Help? Counselling? But isn't counselling just a waste of time?
Certainly it is true that counselling is not a magic cure-all. ...
-9. Talk, talk, talk. It's all just talk. How's that going to help?
While it's not a long-term solution in itself, asking a person ...
-10. How do telephone counselling and suicide hot-line services work?
Different services vary in what they offer, but in general you ...
-11. What about me; am I at risk?
It's quite likely that some people that read this will one day ...
-12. How does suicide affect friends and family members?
Suicide is often extremely traumatic for the friends and ...
-13. Hang on; isn't it illegal though? Doesn't that stop people?
Whether it is legal or not makes no difference to someone who is ...
-14. But don't people have the right to kill themselves if they want to?
Each of us is responsible for our own actions and life choices. In ...
-15. Crisis And Suicide Prevention Resources
This posting contains information primarily about crisis and suicide ...
-15.1 International Crisis Resources available via the Internet:
The Samaritans are a non-religious charity that have been ...
-15.2 Suicide Prevention: Australia: Australian phone books contain a Community Health & Welfare page in the front section which lists organisations and services which are available to help deal with a wide variety of problems including suicide. Most major cities have a number of local crisis counselling or referral services, many of which are available 24 hours. This page is probably the best list of your local resources you'll find. Lifeline is a 24 hour telephone crisis counselling service with 38 centres nation-wide. It is available for the cost of a local call from anywhere in Australia on the phone number 13 1114, with calls diverted to the nearest centre that is available. Lifeline handles problems such as suicide, depression, loneliness, relationship problems, drug and alcohol abuse, and so on in a caring, supporting, non-interventionist manner. Some centres can also offer face to face counselling if necessary, or else can refer to local counselling services, suicide survivor groups, self-help groups, or other agencies for longer term support. For more info, see: http://www.lifeline.org.au/ Kids Help Line is a 24 hour help line aimed at young people under 18 and available nationwide on freecall phone number 1800 55 1800. For more info, see the Kids Help Line pages under: http://www.boystown.org.au/boystown
Community Health Centres can provide a wide variety of services, ...
-15.3 Suicide Prevention: Canada:
The Suicide Information and Education Centre in Calgary, Alberta, ...
-15.4 Suicide Prevention: United Kingdom:
The Samaritans are a non-religious charity that have been ...
-15.5 Suicide Prevention: United States of America:
The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) publish directories ...









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