An article in the T-G started me thinking. September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
I started wondering if suicide attacks/bombers and their victims were counted in the figures they use to calculate lost or traumatized lives that cost a state $1 billion a year in medical treatment, lost wages, and lost productivity, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention". I suppose that is an overall cost to all concerned , but I get their drift. I guess it is a reality but I was surprised to see a monetary number put on a tragedy. Does a natural death have similar ramifications?
Then I wondered how money could/would be used to reduce these numbers?
Public awareness is a biggie since family and friends would probably be the first to notice something was not right. Of course the schools see the children as much if not more than the parents, but are they "obligated" to catch this? Surely they all would LOVE to be able to help prevent a suicide but how far do they go before parents start screaming invasion of privacy, meddling, etc.?
After what age, can we no longer intrude on their privacy to get them help? Does anything in which the police intervene HAVE TO be reported publicly? If so, that would probably inhibit many from "turning in" their neighbor, friend or family member.
Does John Q. Public have an obligation to notify law enforcement? Is so, is there a liability for doing so? IN other words, can they be sued for reporting "strange" behavior. I am sure the police have plenty to do so is there some other public agency that should get the first call?
What other ramifications are there.
Does a person have a right to end their life? Is it considered a form of euthanasia? If so, it is illegal but unless a person survives, there is no way to enforce it.
It is a sensitive subject to some in our community so I have debated internally about opening this up for discussion but, it is Suicide Prevention Month