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Monday, March 31, 2014

If You're Feeling Suicidal, Please Ask for Help

Posted by on Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 9:34 AM

But not like this. From the Associated Press:

A Snohomish County Sheriff's spokeswoman says a 24-year-old woman asked people at a Home Depot parking lot to help her unjam a gun. When deputies arrived, she shot herself in the head.

Full story here. And if you're feeling suicidal, call the Crisis Hotline at 206-461-3222.

And speaking of suicide, here's the most interesting thing I've read about it in years: Maria Popova's Brain Pickings writeup of the book Stay: The Social Contagion of Suicide and How to Preempt It.


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When emotionally distraught people ask you to help "unjam" their gun in the Home Depot's parking lot, agree to help, take the gun, engage the safety, remove the bullets and refuse to return the gun.

Calling the police in this day and age before removing the gun (knife, stick, wallet, toy...almost any object in their hands) from the suicidal person will probably result in the police killing the suicidal person, especially if you are a male (except in upper class neighborhoods and during the day in business districts) or any person of color (anywhere, anytime).

Posted by If you call PD, don't forget to call the coroner, too. on March 31, 2014 at 11:39 AM · Report this
collectivism_sucks 2
Very good point!
Posted by collectivism_sucks on March 31, 2014 at 12:17 PM · Report this
collectivism_sucks 3
Why is Seattle the suicide capital of America? I bet it has to do with all the unfriendly liberals running around looking down at everyone "not cool enough" to be trust fund socialist hipsters. With the 15Now fascists running around and all the rest of this crap, I have half a mind to check out too.
Posted by collectivism_sucks on March 31, 2014 at 12:21 PM · Report this
trollstalker 4
@3: Ha! Seattle isn't even in the top 15. You need to readjust your little theory to explain Las Vegas. It must be the liberals. Right.…
Posted by trollstalker on March 31, 2014 at 12:49 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 5
@3: fascists?

you really need to leave town if that's what you think. you'd be happier somewhere else, like Cincinnati.

Posted by Max Solomon on March 31, 2014 at 1:09 PM · Report this
venomlash 6
@4: Shhh, facts.
Posted by venomlash on March 31, 2014 at 1:52 PM · Report this
collectivism_sucks 7
Vegas is filled with liberals. And notice no Texas city is in the top 15. What does that tell you?
Posted by collectivism_sucks on March 31, 2014 at 2:52 PM · Report this
trollstalker 8

@7: If you look at the overall data there is no correlation between the politics and suicide rate of cities. What does THAT tell you?
Posted by trollstalker on March 31, 2014 at 3:11 PM · Report this
Cities just generally attract more people, and that includes suicidal people.

Oh, and @7, I know universities themselves don't count, not sure if this is still the case--but I heard about a decade ago that Rice University has the highest suicide rate of any university in the United States.

Posted by hey on March 31, 2014 at 11:18 PM · Report this
Here's a nice radio piece with Hecht:…
Posted by midwaypete on March 31, 2014 at 11:55 PM · Report this

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