On Suicide

suicide9073.39744. That’s NOT how many people take their own lives every year throughout the world. It’s actually slightly more than 800,000, or 1 on every 9073.39744 people. Call it 1 in 9,100 people.

“We know what works,” said Dr. Shekhar Saxena, the WHO’s mental health director. “Now is the time to act.”

“The report stated that the most common methods of suicide globally were pesticide [paraquat] poisoning — particularly in rural areas — hanging and firearms.”

They had me going there, for a minute. Then I read this: “Evidence had shown that restricting access to these methods can could help reduce the number of deaths.”

WRONG. In fact, Harvard researches Don B. Kates and Gary Mauser asked this very question in their well-known Harvard Study: “Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide? A Review of International and Some Domestic Evidence.”suicide

Their conclusion: “restricting paraquat will not improve the lives of these poor women. It will only reorient them towards hanging, drowning, or some other means of suicide.”

So why does the World Health Organization keep saying that which they know is not true? The answer is found on WHO’s own website, in the first sentence of their About section: “WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system.”

Ah… The gun-grabbing United Nations, in front of whose New York Headquarters stands a giant statue of a pistol with its barrel tied in a knot.

Ok. Now this makes a lot more sense.

Bottom line, people, there is help, but taking away one means doesn’t solve anything, if you fail to address the root cause. The suicideproblem has to do with how they feel about the condition of their lives.  Most feel like their lives are hopeless and that the people around them don’t really care. Saying “I care” won’t convince them, either. It’s a tough situation, but there is hope. It just takes time. In the meantime, they need our love, understanding, and support.

THAT’S what works, Dr. Shekhar Saxena. Not your unscientific, gun-grabbing agenda spewed forth from your parent organization.